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Monday, 24 December 2012 (3033854)
Residents oppose off licence plan
by David Simister

PLANS to open an off licence in Skelmersdale are being opposed by residents amid concerns it could fuel anti social behaviour.

licensing subcommittee will meet on Monday, January 7 to discuss whether should be approved.

More than 90 residents have written to West Lancashire Borough Council to oppose plans to open the shop on Birleywood in Digmoor.

They say there already is an off licence in the area and a second one could encourage rowdy behaviour.

One resident stated: “There is already a well established off licence selling alcohol on the Digmoor Parade which has been there for over 20 years, and I don't see any reason for another one on the parade.

”I believe if an off licence was granted it would increase the level of street drinking and associated disorder, which is an ongoing concern in the Digmoor area.“

Lancashire police have made a list of recommendations for the off-licence, including the installation of CCTV and the use of an incidents book to record any disturbances or anti-social behaviour, but said that as long as these recommendations were followed it would have no objections to the off licence being opened.


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