Delight as a booze licence is rejected

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Councillors have welcomed news that an application for a proposed convenience store to sell alcohol has been refused.

Concerns had been raised about the application for a new store in Victoria Terrace in Whitley Bay.

But at a recent meeting of North Tyneside Council’s licensing committee, members refused the application.

Local residents and councillors presented a series of objections to the committee which were principally around concerns that the premises could lead to increased anti social behaviour in the town centre.

An objection was also submitted by Northumbria Police.

Whitley Bay ward councillor Sandra Graham said: “I’m really pleased that the Licensing Committee listened to the concerns expressed by local residents about the possible increase in anti social behaviour in the town centre.

“Residents said they wanted Whitley Bay to be on the up and to continue to be regenerated and did nor welcome another premises selling alcohol in the Town Centre”

“Once again it shows that much can be achieved when we work together – people listen when Whitley Bay speaks with one voice.”