Off-licence's longer hours bid opposed

VILLAGERS are fighting a bid to increase the opening hours of an off licence until 10pm amid fears it could provoke anti-social behaviour.Residents in Melton, near Woodbridge, are worried that McColls has asked Suffolk Coastal District Council to vary the off licence hours for its shop in The Street.

VILLAGERS are fighting a bid to increase the opening hours of an off licence until 10pm amid fears it could provoke anti-social behaviour.

Residents in Melton, near Woodbridge, are worried that McColls has asked Suffolk Coastal District Council to vary the off licence hours for its shop in The Street.

McColls wants to be able to sell alcohol from 6am to 10pm seven days a week, but Melton Parish Council is supporting objections made by villagers and will tell the district council about their concerns.

Householders living in The Street, residents of Fison House elderly accommodation, and the Horse and Groom pub have objected.

Malcolm Green, parish council clerk, said: “The concerns of the residents centred around the potential problems caused by noise, traffic pollution, and the possibility of anti-social behaviour late at night by people purchasing alcohol.”

A spokesman for the district council said: “If an objection is received, we will set a hearing date for a decision but will encourage the objector and applicant to resolve their problems during the mediation period before the hearing.”