Neighbours' anger at booze delivery plans

By Steve Hayes 10/05 Updated: 11/05 08:51

Buy photos » The applicants want to deliver alcohol from their home on Wetherby Way. (s)

PLANS to provide an alcohol delivery service through the night from a home on a quiet Stratford street have angered neighbours.

Wetherby Way homeowners have written to Stratford District Council ahead of a hearing to decide whether a company calling itself Ring4Beer should be given a license to store and sell alcohol.

Applicants, Steve Bazell and Luke Murphy, want to start a service whereby people within a ten mile radius could phone and request delivery of alcohol, which would be stored in their garage, between 10pm until 5am seven days a week.

But neighbours say the application is 'totally inappropriate' and would blight their lives with noise and possibly crime.

Nearby resident Deborah Underwood said she was 'deeply concerned' about the proposals.

She said: "I am worried my home could be vulnerable to noise and possible theft when it is publicised alcohol is stored in this garage."

Another neighbour, Pauline Bateman, said: "The application states deliveries will be made from this residential garage from 10pm to 5am. There are obvious concerns that as delivery drivers respond to telephone/internet orders they will drive up, open and close the garage doors, move the bottles, cans and crates and then slam the garage doors.

"These noises would be very disturbing to the properties around and will be clearly heard in the bedrooms, throughout the night."

While next door neighbour, Angela Lovell, also feared excessive noise and the prospect of properties in the cul-de-sac made vulnerable to theft.

But the applicants insist the service would be managed safely and any disturbance would be minimised.

They insist anyone under 25 would be asked for identification on delivery and all staff would be trained, and wear a uniform.

All drivers, they insist, would turn any music off in vehicles within 300 metres of a delivery destination.

The council's licensing panel is set to meet on Friday May 18 to decide on the application.

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