Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following reports of sales to street drinker and of an illegal worker employed at the shop. This comes hot on the heels of the licensing review of Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill.
This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws. Street drinking and associated public nuisance is frequently reported in the area and Lambeth relies on properly run shops and venues to help deal with the issue.
The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.
The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:
- Preventing crime and disorder;
- Public safety;
- Preventing public nuisance; and
- Protecting children from harm.