Police objection ‘negotiated away’ from Fenland store’s bid to serve alcohol from 6am-11pm

A COMPROMISE looks to have been reached after police raised fears over a Wisbech store’s application to serve alcohol from 6am-11pm every day.

The police had objected to the original application from Irfan Arslan, owner of Wisbech International Food & Wine, in High Street, amid fears that the licence would cause “drink related disorder”.

But, after discussions were held between the applicant and officers, a compromise seems to have been reached with the store reducing the hours for the sale of alcohol to 8am-11pm.

Other agreed conditions would see the shop take part in the Pubwatch Scheme as well as complying with Drinking Banning Orders by displaying warning posters and providing CCTV recordings to the police on request.

The application is set to go before Fenland District Council’s Licensing Committee on Monday.

A letter of objection had been sent by Inspector Andy Sullivan, Wisbech Sector Commander, which stated: “The premise opening time of 0600hrs is likely to cause drink related disorder in the vicinity of the premise, and those concerns are still valid.”

But the attempts to “negotiate away” any objection appear to have been successful, with Inspector Sullivan adding: “I am prepared to accept these changes and believe that they mitigate the issues that would have formed part of my objection/representation.”