Girvan’s Savers faces opposition to alcohol bid

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A national store which wants to be allowed to sell alcohol in its Girvan branch is facing opposition from the NHS.

Savers is set to go in front of South Ayrshire Council’s licensing board tomorrow (Thursday) seeking approval for its shop in Dalrymple Street to sell alcohol.

The alcohol displayed would be in a unit of just over four square metres in the shop.

However, Dr Sonya Scott, a consultant in public health medicine with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, has sent a strong letter outlining her concerns at the application.

In the letter to the council Dr Scott says: “This store is within an area with significant ly higher levels of alcohol related harm than Scotland as a whole.

“Hospitalisations for alcohol conditions in the Girvan Ailsa area are 1,472 per 100,000 resident which is significantly worse than the Scottish average of 1,088 per 100,000.

“One of the most effective ways of reducing both alcohol related harm and socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol related harm is to reduce alcohol availability.

“Increasing the availability of alcohol in this area has the potential to further increase alcohol related harm in this area.”

Savers has also sent a report to the licensing board stating how it will meet licensing objectives.

The company stress that the premises licence holder will ensure that anyone looking to purchase alcohol who looks under the age of 25 will be asked to provide a valid form of identification. If they are unable to do so, they won’t be sold alcohol.

Challenge 25 posters will also be displayed in a prominent position in the store and staff will undergo training in challenge 25 provision as well as being aware of excessive alcohol consumption and when to refuse service.

Savers say measures will be taken to prevent noise nuisance from deliveries and CCTV is in place in the store.

The CCTV system is capable of capturing a facial image of all people entering and exiting the store and one camera covers the doorway and the till area.

Read next week’s Carrick Gazette for a full report on the licensing board’s decision.