Back to the future for store

Serge and Harpreet Notay outside the soon to be Nisa Local. (d08061127)
Serge and Harpreet Notay outside the soon to be Nisa Local. (d08061127)

AN off licence is to open on the site of a former bathroom and kitchen showroom.

The store, in Britannia House, Six Lane Ends, Heckmondwike, was granted a licence to service alcohol between 7am and 10.30pm every day by Kirklees Council’s licensing committee.

Owner Serge Notay said his family had run an off licence in Batley for 35 years and had never failed a test purchase, where police or supplier Nisa sent in an underage person to attempt to buy alcohol.

Mr Notay said staff in the new store, which was originally a Co-op, would receive extensive training on making sure alcohol was not sold to underage youths.

However objector John Appleyard said an off licence was not needed there - and he said people could buy alcohol at the store and drink it while waiting for their washing in the adjoining launderette.

He said: “The launderette is the only one in the area and it’s very popular. Washing and drying clothes is very boring and it could be tempting for people to buy alcohol and drink it on the premises. If there is trouble in the launderette it could close and that’s something we don’t want.”

He said other problems included a lack of parking in the area.

Committee members granted the licence and advised Mr Notay to look at extending the range of the CCTV in the car park to cover as far as the launderette.