Burbank store will sell booze – despite objections from residents

Coun Ged Hall
Coun Ged Hall

PLANS by a store to sell booze from 9am to 10pm seven days a week have been agreed – despite objections from nearby residents.

Hartlepool Borough Council approved the application for the Mission Hall, in Burbank Street, at a recent licensing meeting.

The council had received objections from resident Angela Hall and from Clive Hall, chair of Bridge Community Association, which centred around there being a school and elderly people living nearby and concerns opening a licenced shop would lead to anti-social behaviour.

But councillors said the objectors didn’t present “strong enough reasons and evidence”.

The application, from Subashini Tharmarajah, for a premises licence for the sale of alcohol at the Mission Hall, from 9am to 10pm seven days a week was approved by the licensing act sub-committee.

Mrs Tharmarajah’s agent told members the applicant had been a personal licence holder for five years and currently runs a premises in Norton.

Also, that there would be a Challenge 25 policy and the licence holder would work with the police, with CCTV covering inside and outside the shop and that alcohol would not be available at times when children are going to school.

Labour councillor Ged Hall, committee chair, said: “The licensing sub-committee considered the objections raised by two local residents including on behalf of the Bridge Community Association.

“The sub-committee considered that the objectors did not present strong enough reasons and evidence to demonstrate that the licensing objectives would be undermined if the application was granted.

“The licensing sub-committee determined that the application would promote the licensing objectives.”

Planning permission was in place for the licensed hours from Monday to Friday but the permission did not extend beyond 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Cleveland Police hadn’t objected.