Chickenhall Service Station wins go-ahead to sell alcohol in Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Petrol station wins go-ahead to sell alcohol Petrol station wins go-ahead to sell alcohol

A petrol station has been given the goahead to sell booze – despite fears over vandalism and under-aged drinking.

Dozens of residents, including about 30 from the same road, signed a petition in a bid to block moves to stock alcohol at Chickenhall Service Station in Eastleigh .

But their efforts were in vain after a panel of four Eastleigh borough councillors gave the scheme the green light at a licensing hearing.

The Esso station in Bishopstoke Road already stocks food and drink in its convenience shop section.

But an application was submitted to sell booze from 6am to 11pm every day of the week.

Shop operators say they will train staff, install a CCTV system and operate a policy where anyone who appears to look under 25 will be asked to provide identification.

A “refusals book” would also be operated logging instances where staff decline a sale.

But in a letter opposing the application, the owner of nearby Bob ‘n’ Lynn’s Newsagent, Robert Fieldsend, said he was worried about people “gathering and drinking” by the wall opposite his premises.

He added: “Youngsters used to congregate there until 2am drinking and then there would often be trouble. The road is now quiet and usually trouble free at night and we would like it to stay that way.

“We are a small business and feel that Esso, as a global company already making a huge profit from petrol, does not need to take potential trade away from us in this way.”

Another resident in Dutton Lane wrote: “The idea now is to stop so many problems with alcohol abuse. The saying is ‘don’t drink and drive’ – putting it in a garage will not help especially being sold from 6am to 11pm.”

Nearly 50 people from nearby Barton Road, Dutton Lane and Bishopstoke Road signed a petition urging panel members to reject the idea.

But the application was granted in full at a hearing held at Eastleigh Borough Council’s Civic Offices.

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2:18pm Mon 20 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

Who can afford petrol station booze anyway? I may nip in there in a few months time and buy up the reduced/out of date beer.
Who can afford petrol station booze anyway? I may nip in there in a few months time and buy up the reduced/out of date beer. bazzeroz

3:12pm Mon 20 Aug 12

ToastyTea says...

brilliant news, I can get adults to buy me booze now when I loiter on the streets nearby.
brilliant news, I can get adults to buy me booze now when I loiter on the streets nearby. ToastyTea

4:45pm Mon 20 Aug 12

elvisimo says...

Slow news day then. Unless I have missed something every petrol station with a convenience store sells alcohol.
Slow news day then. Unless I have missed something every petrol station with a convenience store sells alcohol. elvisimo

9:32pm Mon 20 Aug 12

J.P.M says...

Chickenhall??
Is that eastleigh or chandlers (wifeswap) ford??
Chickenhall?? Is that eastleigh or chandlers (wifeswap) ford?? J.P.M

11:14pm Mon 20 Aug 12

snapperdownunder says...

Never could understand how petrol station in the UK
Never could understand how petrol station in the UK snapperdownunder

11:14pm Mon 20 Aug 12

snapperdownunder says...

Never could understand how petrol station in the UK
Never could understand how petrol station in the UK snapperdownunder

11:16pm Mon 20 Aug 12

snapperdownunder says...

Never could understand how petrol stations in the UK are allowed to sell alcohol. It doesn't make sense. Drink and driving......... Must be some bizarre form of British humour which I don't understand.
Never could understand how petrol stations in the UK are allowed to sell alcohol. It doesn't make sense. Drink and driving......... Must be some bizarre form of British humour which I don't understand. snapperdownunder

12:19am Tue 21 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

elvisimo wrote:
Slow news day then. Unless I have missed something every petrol station with a convenience store sells alcohol.
Hey d*ckhead why don't you send the Echo a list of what they can and can't report on their own site then!! Better still if you can do better - why not start up your own then ! Pr*ck
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: Slow news day then. Unless I have missed something every petrol station with a convenience store sells alcohol.[/p][/quote]Hey d*ckhead why don't you send the Echo a list of what they can and can't report on their own site then!! Better still if you can do better - why not start up your own then ! Pr*ck andysaints007

9:06am Tue 21 Aug 12

Georgem says...

snapperdownunder wrote:
Never could understand how petrol stations in the UK are allowed to sell alcohol. It doesn't make sense. Drink and driving......... Must be some bizarre form of British humour which I don't understand.
Why shouldn't they sell alcohol? It's not like someone is going to go to the petrol station, notice they sell alcohol and suddenly decide, out of the blue, to drink and drive. Petrol stations also sell matches, but we don't all turn into arsonists the second we find this out.
[quote][p][bold]snapperdownunder[/bold] wrote: Never could understand how petrol stations in the UK are allowed to sell alcohol. It doesn't make sense. Drink and driving......... Must be some bizarre form of British humour which I don't understand.[/p][/quote]Why shouldn't they sell alcohol? It's not like someone is going to go to the petrol station, notice they sell alcohol and suddenly decide, out of the blue, to drink and drive. Petrol stations also sell matches, but we don't all turn into arsonists the second we find this out. Georgem

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