Number of license reviews has fallen

THE number of applications to review licensed premises in the Boston area has dropped significantly in the past year, figures have revealed.

Licensing authority Boston Borough Council was asked to look at activity in a particularly high number of premises last year, following an operation by bodies including police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

But statistics revealed to The Standard show this was a spike and not the status quo for the area.

The figures, which were obtained through a freedom of information request, showed the council has received two applications to review a licence so far this year. The figure compares with seven last year, three in 2010 and two in 2009.

A spokesman for the authority said the number had been particularly high last year simply because responsible authorities had requested more reviews.

Last year, a call was made for six premises to be reviewed following a joint campaign to track down shops selling alcohol and cigarettes which were counterfeit or for 
which the duty had not been paid.

Five shops in Boston – International Food and Drink, on Red Lion Street, Boston Food and Wine, on High Street, European Beer, on High Street, 7 Days Deli, on West Street, and International Foods, on Bridge Street, had their licences revoked after officers discovered vodka containing chemicals found in cleaning fluid and other illegal goods on site.

Another store, Boston Deli, on Skirbeck Road, had its licence suspended for six months.