Off Licence's 24 Hour Drinks Application Refused

Due to "real risk of causing significant disruption and damage"

Councillors have rejected a bid by a Wandsworth off licence to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.

Members of the licensing committee turned down an application from the Battersea Food and Wine store in Falcon Road which would have allowed alcohol to be sold to customers all day and all night, seven days a week.

The committee ruled that allowing the shop to serve alcohol 24 hours a day could have a detrimental effect on the neighbourhood and could spark anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance.

Committee chairman Cllr Martin D Johnson said: “The council has very firmly established policies and guidelines when it comes to 24 hour licensing. We do not feel that it is usually appropriate in a mainly residential borough like Wandsworth.

“In this case we could see no reason to depart from those policies and permit the round the clock sale of alcohol at these premises. In our view it ran the real risk of causing significant disruption and damage to the lives of people living nearby.”

Under the terms of its existing licence the shop is permitted to sell alcohol up to midnight on weekdays and 2am at weekends.

January 13, 2014