Concern over booze plans for Darlington petrol station

ANGRY residents have claimed controversial plans to allow a petrol station to sell alcohol will damage a conservation area and lead to increased crime.

The Total UK filling station, in Grange Road, Darlington, has applied for a licence to trade alcohol between 6am and 11pm every day.

Homeowners have started a petition to stop the proposals which they believe could lead to drink driving, cause road accidents, and encourage under-age drinking.

The company has also been accused of previously causing excess noise and disruption by selling fuel and operating a car wash outside of permitted hours.

However, bosses at Total UK have denied alcohol sales will create a rise in anti-social behaviour.

The proposals, due to be discussed by Darlington Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday, December 19, have received strong opposition from a number of residents, including Tricia Todd, of Grange Road.

Ms Todd said: “We are in a conservation area and do not need a corner shop of the type selling cut-price alcohol in cans.

“We also have had a considerable amount of trouble from gangs of youths using South Park, and selling alcohol would encourage youths to congregate on garden walls and drink.”

Daphne Jones, who lives in Hadrian Court, said under-age drinking was already a problem in the area.

She said: “We already have groups of drinkers gathering to carouse in certain hot spots, who disturb the residents with noisy and unruly behaviour late at night, and leave behind bottles, cans and litter.”

Councillor Cyndi Hughes, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, and Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the Conservatives in Darlington, have also opposed the granting of the licence, claiming it could put in jeopardy the safety of pupils at nearby Polam Hall School and St Augustine's RC Primary School.

Coun Scott, ward member for Park West, said: “We already have anti-social behaviour in Green Park, so do not want to attract anymore to the area.

“Alcohol is a major problem in our society and there are a huge number of people who are in hospital for alcohol related problems.

“We should be making it more difficult to get alcohol, not easier.”

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12:03pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Homshaw1 says...

If Total can't sell there must be a case for stopping Sainsburys and Majestic. If minors are drinking already they must be getting it from somewhere.

What's the difference? Seems odd these councillors oppose this application but say nothing about other outlets

How can they be accused of encouraging under age drinking? Have they been found guilty of supplying minors with alcohol?

If it is wrong for this petrol station to sell drink why is the petrol station on North Road allowed to do so.

There has got to be a hidden agenda here
If Total can't sell there must be a case for stopping Sainsburys and Majestic. If minors are drinking already they must be getting it from somewhere. What's the difference? Seems odd these councillors oppose this application but say nothing about other outlets How can they be accused of encouraging under age drinking? Have they been found guilty of supplying minors with alcohol? If it is wrong for this petrol station to sell drink why is the petrol station on North Road allowed to do so. There has got to be a hidden agenda here Homshaw1
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4:46pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Darlo Mother says...

The one on Haughton Road sells alcohol 24 hours a day,
The one on Haughton Road sells alcohol 24 hours a day, Darlo Mother
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7:17pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Sabre0 says...

Let them sell alcohol, it won't make any difference.. the large local supermarket sells it already and is open until 22.00.
Let them sell alcohol, it won't make any difference.. the large local supermarket sells it already and is open until 22.00. Sabre0
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6:39am Mon 17 Dec 12

drainman says...

Who cares?
Who cares? drainman
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6:54am Mon 17 Dec 12

lingling29 says...

haughton rd garage sell alcohol as does northgate, i think these residents are just being snobs, personally i couldnt afford to buy alcohol from a garage
haughton rd garage sell alcohol as does northgate, i think these residents are just being snobs, personally i couldnt afford to buy alcohol from a garage lingling29
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12:41pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

If it's fair for one, then it must be fair for all. The same rules apply, so where is the problem ? All businesses need to compete to keep them solvent. The council will try and hold out for their own reasons, go to coart and lose anyway and guess who will pay their legal fees ? Yep, you guessed it. Stop pratting about DBC and let them compete on a level playing surface here.
If it's fair for one, then it must be fair for all. The same rules apply, so where is the problem ? All businesses need to compete to keep them solvent. The council will try and hold out for their own reasons, go to coart and lose anyway and guess who will pay their legal fees ? Yep, you guessed it. Stop pratting about DBC and let them compete on a level playing surface here. Spy Boy
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