A Bury St Edmunds fast food outlet will be allowed to serve alcohol but ‘strong’ opposition from Suffolk Police means it will have certain restrictions.
Burger King, in St Andrew’s Street South, had wanted to supply alcohol for customers to consume on its premises seven days a week from 10am-11pm.
But Suffolk Police were ‘strongly opposed’ to the licensing application submitted by CPL Foods Ltd.
In his representation to St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s licensing team, community safety and licensing inspector Matt Dee said Burger King was within Bury’s ‘busiest night time economy area’ and had not successfully identified how it would uphold the licensing objectives ‘without putting children at risk and deterring crime and disorder’.
In comparison, he said the two night clubs immediately next to and opposite Burger King had ‘extensive conditions’ in place including substantial training, door staff, CCTV on their premises and policies for identifying underage clients.
Top of his list of concerns was ‘the age of clientele that frequent the premises without parental supervision’.
He said: “Children of this age group (10-16) are currently free to enter these kinds of family-friendly fast food dispensers without their parents, quite safely, not witnessing alcohol being consumed or intoxicated persons causing issues.”
He pointed out that no offer had been made to install CCTV and there was no mention of training staff in alcohol sales, challenge 25 or how to refuse already intoxicated persons, and no mention of the types of alcohol to be sold.
He said: “The applicant would be free to sell strong spirits in its current application format which the constabulary deem inappropriate for the type of premises and lack of safeguarding.”
The application was due to be discussed by the council’s licensing act sub-committee on Wednesday but the meeting was cancelled and the licence granted after Burger King agreed to three conditions - only selling one 330ml lager or beer with a ‘substantial’ meal, not selling alcohol after 9pm and not permitting alcohol to be taken off its premises.