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Anger over Doncaster shop’s plan to sell booze from 6am across from school

A new Londis store on Mere Lane, Armthorpe, has applied to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm
A new Londis store on Mere Lane, Armthorpe, has applied to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm

A shop’s plan to sell booze from 6am just yards from a school has received objections from residents. 

Londis, on Mere Lane Armthorpe, has applied for an alcohol licence to sell booze between the hours of 6am and 11pm, seven days a week. 

The unit which Londis is moving into later this year. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

The unit which Londis is moving into later this year. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

In documents seen by licensing officers, applicant Sarlaben Jina said the store will carry out relevant ID checks and install CCTV which can be made available for the police on request. 

But the plans have been widely criticised by residents close by including tenants in the flat above the shop. 

Others have hit out at the plan due to the high number of places already selling booze within a one mile radius and the location being across the road from 

Currently, the unit is empty but Londis has already confirmed its intention to move in later this year. 

Councillors on Doncaster Council’s licensing committee will decide whether to grant the licence in full, reject it outright or grant the licence with conditions. 

The meeting will take place on Monday, September 24. 

Clare Mitchell, who lives next door to the proposed shop, objected to the booze sale plan. 

She said: “We have high concerns about the hours stated to be serving alcohol. We feel these times will bring unwarranted anti-social behaviour resulting in groups of youths loitering and causing unnecessary noise at times my young children will be going to bed. 

“It is too close to a school to be selling alcohol and I find this application coincided with the school holidays so there are no passing parents to object.”

In a letter to licensing officers, two women who live above the shop said the application could ‘jeopardise’ their ‘personal and home safety’. 

They said: “If the shop us broken into as this sometimes does occur with new off licences, our home could be mistaken as the off licence as the door is right next to ours and the appearance is the same. 

“(The application) could mean we have unwarranted guests right on our doorstep potentially knowing where we live.”

A third objection from neighbours Mr and Mrs Myers said the application was ‘unacceptable’ due to its location across the road from a school 

"There are at least nine businesses selling alcohol within a distance of one mile. Is there any call for another outlet? These do not include pubs and clubs,” they said.