A Greenford corner shop has premise licence extended despite initial concerns from police

By Holly Kintuka

11th Jun 2024 | Local News

An off-license in Greenford, Ealing can now sell booze until 1am (credit: Google Maps).
An off-license in Greenford, Ealing can now sell booze until 1am (credit: Google Maps).

Harini Superstore Ltd, had its application to vary a premise licence approved under conditions.

The application was submitted to extend the opening hours and licensable activities for the supply of alcohol and late-night refreshments at the shop in 261 Oldfield land North, Greenford.

At the time the application was submitted, the corner shop's opening hours were Monday to Saturday, 8am to 11pm and Sunday, 10am to 10:30pm.

The applicant proposed that the store be open 24 hours, Monday to Sunday.

The Licensing sub-committee had a virtual meeting on Thursday, 30 May, with applicant Suganthan Balachandran, Mimi Stupu on behalf of the Pollution Control Team and Sargent Cassar on behalf of the Police, all in attendance. 

The applicant shared that one of his reasons for the request to extend the opening hours was because of business difficulties.

Factors such as the borough of Ealing having an ongoing problem with street drinkers were considered.

Harini superstore floorplan layout (credit: Ealing council agenda report).

In the Agenda report, it says, "The police have concerns that if the premises were granted the full variation to the current premises licence, it would encourage street drinkers to the already problematic area." 

It adds: "Drunk people returning from a night out would be able to stop and buy more alcohol from the premises. 

"This would lead to lead to loitering outside the premises, causing noise nuisance."

Mimi Stupu, in the meeting, asked Mr Balachandran about instances such as drunk people entering and loitering outside the store late at night.

She says: "Residents are not going to be happy having to listen to people shouting and screaming outside the premises, and that's the main concern."

After consideration, the application was approved with the following conditions:

  • Opening hours, sale of alcohol and late-night refreshments from 08:00hrs to 01:00hrs daily (LNR licence applicable from 23:00 to 01:00).
  •  All alcohol products shall be clearly labelled with the price and the name of the premises.

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