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Estate agent's dismay at off licence.

COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead for a new off-licence in Rhyl despite a claim by a local businessman that it could cost him thousands and even affect the health and well-being of his staff.

Estate agent Richard Thomas, a partner in Thomas Estates, was the only objector to the application by Mohammad Mushtaq for a licence in respect of his premises in Bodfor Street, which is directly opposite the company's office.

Mr Thomas pointed out that there was already an off-licence next door and in the 13 years since he had been in business there he had suffered continual vandalism and anti-social behaviour, and often had to clear vomit and urine from his doorway.

"The damage to our premises is now at the extent that we are heavily penalised by our insurer with an excess, and it is no longer viable for us to claim glass damage cover as damage has amounted to several thousand pounds over the years," he said.

According to him, nearly all the windows and the two doors had been replaced more than once.

"I am constantly having to remove graffiti and urine stains from both our public entrances in Bodfor Street and Kinmel Street," he wrote.

Mr Thomas argued that allowing such anti-social behaviour to continue was bad enough but another off-licence would exacerbate the problem.

"It is degrading and increases the health risk for staff to clear the mess and excrement afterwards. It also financially penalises my business and me personally," he added.

Mr Mushtaq had applied to open his premises from 7am through to 3am every day but Denbighshire County Council's licensing sub-committee, in granting the licence, limited the hours to 8am - 11pm Monday - Saturday and 10am 0 10.30pm on Sunday.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2010
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