Police object to opening of new off-licence in Northampton town centre

Northamptonshire Police are objecting to plans to open a new off-licence in Mercers Row, Northampton
Northamptonshire Police are objecting to plans to open a new off-licence in Mercers Row, Northampton

Northamptonshire Police is objecting to the opening of a new off-licence in Northampton town centre due to concerns it could increase the amount of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Narinder Singh has made an application to Northampton Borough Council for an alcohol licence for a Wisla Polski shop in Mercers Row.

Mr Singh has applied for the shop to be allowed to serve alcohol between 8am and 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

The application is due to be discussed at a licensing hearing on Tuesday, November 24.

In a report, due to be discussed by the licensing panel, sergeant Simon Pinchin states that officers deal with a large amount of anti-social behaviour associated with street drinking in the town centre.

He said: “I am objecting under the licensing Objectives of public nuisance and prevention of crime and disorder to the opening of Wisla Polski at 9 Mercers Row in Northampton.

“My reason for this include that the area of St George’s Row is a hotspot area for street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour. The fountain area of the Market Square is nearby and this is an area where street drinkers presently congregate.

“My team have attended many incidents where alcohol consumption has led to assaults,and public order offences.

“I feel that the opening of another off-licence in this area would lead to a significant rise in such incidents of drink fuelled an “-social behaviour and be of detriment to those living and working in the town.”

If the panel do decide to approve the alcohol licence, the police are calling for a number of conditions to be opposed including ensuring the shop cannot sell single cans of alcohol or any lager with a strength of more than six per cent.