Levies on the tipple have rocketed by 35% over the past four years with many independent off-licences
facing a bleak future across the country.
South Wales Police teamed up with Trading Standards and the UK Borders Agency for the tests, which involved a volunteer visiting four pubs and six off-licences
to try and buy alcohol.
Residents living there and businesses are blighted because there are already too many off-licences
and late-night takeaways.
Other concerns raised by environmental health officers include: | That while the off-licence
would be in a row of shops - where there are two other off-licences
- none of the other retailers currently have a late night licence.
Officers make regular checks on pubs, bars and off-licences
to make sure their staff are aware of the licensing regulations and their responsibilities to the public.
Police had objected to the application due to the number of off-licences
already in the area and the impact it has on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
A ROW is brewing over plans to open two new off-licences
in a Birmingham suburb which is already home to TWELVE shops selling alcohol.
He added that off-licences
in the Wakefield and Leeds areas had been caught selling the drink.
Dear Editor, It is really scarcely surprising that research by Alcohol Concern suggests there is a close link between the number of off-licences
in an area and the number of underage drinkers admitted to hospital after drinking.
were tested and in each case the off-licence
staff challenged the youngster asking them for identification to prove they were 18.
I think it's time to put alcohol back in the pubs and off-licences
where it belongs, and hopefully help our publicans as well.