Brighton and Hove News » Drinks license verdict for new Hove store

A new convenience store in Hove has been granted a drinks license despite objections from neighbours.

Shop owner Azizur Rahman will be permitted to sell alcohol from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the premises in Montefiore Road, Hove.

Fourteen neighbors and local businesses have contacted Brighton and Hove City Council to oppose the premises license application, with concerns over crime, traffic and potential underage sales.

They said there was no need for another off license as there was already one in Montefiore Road and four more in the nearby Seven Dials area.

Mr Rahman’s agent, Oisin Daly, managing director of Easy Licences, told advisers the store would not sell miniature spirits or strong beers and ciders.

He planned to install security cameras outside the store to try to reduce the risk of proxy selling – where young people ask adults to buy drinks on their behalf,

At a council licensing committee hearing last month, Green Councilor Lizzie Deane asked if the store could be called Montefiore Foods rather than Montefiore Wines as planned.

Mr. Daly told the panel that the company’s name was not set in stone.

After the hearing, the committee granted a license with conditions that included restricting the display of alcohol to a maximum of 15% of the shop.

It was hoped that this would prevent a future owner from turning the business into a traditional off-licence.

In a decision letter, the Licensing Committee said: ‘We note that the application is in line with policy, more so with the reduced hours for the sale of alcohol.

“The personal experience of members of the Montefiore Road area is that it is not a high crime area and each of us felt safe there, even at night.

“The combination of the measures provided for in the operating schedule and the additional conditions (attached to the permit) should help to allay the concerns of local residents.

“We do, however, recognize the need to future-proof the license to ensure that the premises cannot become a traditional off-licence license.”

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