Birmingham news 'You're asking to be either shot or stabbed' - lawlessness fear in Alum Rock MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - He also claimed that residents in the area were 'scared' over growing anti-social behaviour.
Breaking News ! Several residents have given impassioned speeches against the opening of a new off-licence in Alum Rock, saying there is no protection for local residents in the area anymore. Speaking this week (June 30) during a licensing committee to determine whether another off-licence can open in the Saltley area, local resident Ahmed Alyas stated that he was against the application 'in the strongest possible terms'. The application had been for an alcohol licence to be granted to Anna Off Licence between the hours of 6am and 11pm Monday to Sunday, with a representative for the applicant pointing to his 15 years of experience as proof that the shop would be well run. Anna's Off-Licence is applying to obtain an alcohol licence However the application received scores of objections from local residents, with more than 75 individual letters sent to the council highlighting issues such as anti-social behaviour and gang activity. Councillors are yet to make a final decision on the application, with a decision expected in the next five days. But Mr Alyas, who has lived in close proximity to the shop since 1995, sought to warn the committee of the negative impact another off-licence could have on the local community, where there are already 33 within a three-mile radius. Read More Related Articles Gang fears and scores of objections to Alum Rock off-licence Read More Related Articles Poverty a huge cause of Covid amongst BAME "There are already a lot of issues with drug dealing and such things around Alum Rock, especially in this area," he said. "There is another off-licence, on Arden Road, and people just park in the middle of the road at 10/11/12 o’clock at night. Because nobody can tell them to move, because they don’t want to end up getting stabbed. "You tell somebody nowadays to move their car or blow a horn at anybody, you’re asking to be either shot or stabbed. Read More Related Articles BirminghamLive newsletter: Daily news direct to your email inbox Read More Related Articles Download free Birmingham Live app for all the latest news on Apple and Android "It’s lawlessness. There’s nothing you can do about it because you know there’s no police about, there’s no safety. No safety at all.
. "Young people who are coming in to buy the liquor will just be dumping their cars in the middle of the roads, causing traffic jams for the locals, and we as locals won’t be able to do anything about it. Because we’re all scared at the moment. "This off-licence opening up is going to make things even worse. I know that Mr Burke (representative for the applicant) is saying ‘you can’t say that this is gonna happen or that is gonna happen, it’s just hearsay’. But we are the ones living here. Not Mr Burke, not this chap who wants to open the shop. He’s going to be living in Aston, and he’s bringing all these problems here for us.
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"We’re gonna have to deal with the aftermath of picking up all the drink cans and everything else. Bottles are constantly left on the sides of the footpath, and sometimes I’ve even heard people first thing in the morning driving over the bottles because they can’t see them. And this would just be a final nail in the coffin for us. "I feel really strongly about this - I know the guy runs a business, and he has the right to run a business, but he should look at where he wants to open it."
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