Residents’ joy after winning off licence fight

Residents celebrate councillors' decision to refuse plans for a new off licence in Kirton

Residents celebrate councillors' decision to refuse plans for a new off licence in Kirton

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There was a collective sign of relief from Kirton residents when the council announced its decision to refuse a fourth off-licence in their village.

Parish councillors joined forces with villagers to oppose the plans for convenience store International Food and Drink to start selling alcohol.

As reported by The Standard last week, following representation from the campigners and police, the licensing committee at Boston Borough Council decided to refuse the licence.

“It’s an absolutely great result,” said resident Mr Dawson. “Our village will be a safer place without it.”

Mrs Dawson added that it was a successful result for ‘peaceful living’.

Deborah Charlton said: “It’s a good result for the sake of the kids in the village.”

Objections were made on the grounds of public safety fears regarding illegally parked vehicles already causing hazards in Boston Road, and concerns for an increase in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the village.

At the licensing committee meeting last Tuesday Michael Brookes, county councillor for Kirton, said: “People are very worried about on-street parking, anti-social behaviour and the very real risk of that getting worse.”

However, asides from fears that granting a licence to sell booze would ‘compound existing parking issues’ – the reasons for the refusal was due to was prevention of public nuisance and prevention of crime and disorder.