The town’s MP has said another retailer selling alcohol in the Fenside area of Boston ‘can only make the situation worse’ and ‘increase the risk of crime’.
Boston MP Matt Warman has written to the council to express his concerns over the application for an alcohol licence at 100 Carlton Road and urged councillors to reject it.
He wrote: “I put it to you that another retailer selling alcohol in an area of Boston which already sees street drinking and alcohol-related anti-social behaviour can only make the situation worse. It will increase the risk of crime.”
He said the application ‘would have a negative effect on several of the licensing objectives’, adding: “Alcohol abuse has played a major part in many of the worrying handful of violent crimes we have seen in Boston over the last few months.”
Pointing to a petition set up by Stephen Shaw, which has gained more than 900 signatures since it began, he says he wants the licencing committee to say ‘enough is enough’.
“As the petition notes, there are eight existing shops selling alcohol within half a mile of the proposed new site.
“I would like your committee to be able to say enough is enough, and I will lobby ministers to change current Government guidance to make that the case,” he said.
“I am glad that the committee is committed to review its own Cumulative Impact Policy, and I would urge you to do so urgently.”
The deadline for representation on the application is Wednesday (December 16), with the committee due to discuss it mid January.