Campaigners fight against fourth off-licence in village

13 Boston Road, Kirton, where an application has been made for a premises licence. Residents are objecting to it.

13 Boston Road, Kirton, where an application has been made for a premises licence. Residents are objecting to it.

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Spirited campaigners are leading a fight against plans for a new off-licence in Kirton – the fourth within walking distance of each other.

The shop, which would be known as International Food and Drink, is asking for permission at 13 Boston Road – a former bridal shop.

Residents have raised a number of concerns, with John Rylatt pointing out that if successful it would be the fourth shop with a licence to sell alcohol in only a short radius – one of which, Costcutter, is just two doors down.

He also raised concerns over lack of parking, fearing potential customers could be tempted to park on double-yellow lines near a ‘dangerous’ bend, or across the road in spaces used by residents.

He added there is also a fear alcohol-related anti-social behaviour could increase.

“The residents are up in arms because they have applied for a licence from7am-10pm, Monday to Sunday,” he said.

“The problem is we are constrained about how we can object.”

A council spokesman said no objections had so far been received for the application which has been advertised in the paper and in the shop window. Unless the council gets an objection it will not go before the committee.

Objections must stick to the official licensing objectives which are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Any objections must be submitted by April 10.