In a decision that has shocked and disappointed local Conservative councillors, a newsagents on the Mary Vale Road has been granted an alcohol licence, thus bringing to an end Bournville’s 120 year old tradition in banning pubs and off licences.
On the 29th September the Birmingham Licencing Committee granted the small newsagents on Mary Vale road an alcohol licence.
At the hearing the application was opposed by Conservative councillor Rob Sealey. He brought with him a petition containing the signatures of over 300 local residents who also opposed the application Councillor Sealey argued that;
- these premises were totally unsuitable to sell alcohol being so small and located in a residential area
- An alcohol licence will encourage alcohol aggravated anti social behaviour around the area and in Cotteridge Park.
- Bournville’s traditions and heritage should be respected.
Unfortunately the Committee decided to grant the licence.