Petrol and booze cocktail

Shell petrol station on Heyhouses Lane
Shell petrol station on Heyhouses Lane
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A major petrol company has come under fire from residents after it revealed plans to sell alcohol 24 hours a day at a newly refurbished station.

Neighbours living near Heyhouses Lane petrol station in St Annes have attacked plans by Shell to sell alcohol at the site all year round.

But despite promising to reduce its hours selling wine, beer and spirits, residents have still reacted angrily to Shell’s plans.

One homeowner said it was “disgraceful” the petrol giant planned to sell booze at station, which re-opened last month after a period of refurbishment.

In objection letters to Fylde Council, neighbour Andrew Rigby said: “I live on North Houses Lane directly opposite the service station site and it is totally unacceptable that residents in a predominately residential area have to suffer the consequences of a solitary business in their midst being permitted to sell alcohol.

“I am vigorously opposed to this most selfish application, which will probably be followed by other applications demanding more and more.”

Mark Windows, of Smithy Lane added: “I have two small children under the age of three and there is enough littering that drifts on to our garden and driveway as it is.

“The thought of cans and bottles of alcohol being thrown around and left as a hazard to potentially harm my children is not one I wish to entertain.”

Fylde Council’s licensing panel is to meet on November 18 at 9.30am in the Town Hall to discuss the proposals.

Coun David Chedd said the sale of alcohol would increase the chances of drink-driving by road users and urged the panel to consider the views of those who have made representations to the council.

He added: “This area is already served by alcohol outlets a few minutes’ walk away on Whalley Place where there are two shops licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption off-site.”

Company offers to reduce hours

A spokesman for Shell UK said: “Shell UK Oil Products Limited wish to amend the application as follows:

1. Reduce the operating hours of the premises to 7am to 10.30pm each day in line with the current planning condition.

2. Reduce the hours for the sale of alcohol to 7am to 10.30pm each day.

3. Remove the part of the application pertaining to late night refreshment.

Shell also plans to install CCTV and offer refresher training for staff selling alcohol.”