Newagents applies for licence to sell alcohol


A newsagents in Alderley Edge has applied for a premises licence to enable them to sell alcohol.

Martin McColls, located at 63 London Road, is applying for a licence for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises between the hours of 5am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Any person wishing to make representation in relation to this application may do so in writing by 12th May 2015 to: The Licensing Section, Cheshire East Council, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ.

Licence Applications, Martins, McColls


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jon Williams
Thursday 30th April 2015 at 5:26 pm
What do Alderley Edge First think about this ?
Terry Bowes
Friday 1st May 2015 at 6:34 am
Why not! Every other shop does bar the Butchers and charity shops.
Craig Browne
Friday 1st May 2015 at 9:41 am
Hi Jon,

I would encourage Trading Standards Officers to try and ensure there are no underage sales to minors; however, beyond that I don't really have a view either way on the licence application.

I think a lot of people tend to access their news online these days, so it does not surprise me that a newsagents is seeking to diversify their product line in order to remain viable.
Fenton Simpson
Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 7:23 pm
Jon Williams: what do the conservatives think about this ?

I'm not sure what your getting at.
Claire MacLeod
Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 7:30 pm
Hi Fenton

I'm not sure Jon Williams would be qualified to answer your question, as he is (as we are all very well aware) a proud UKIP supporter. I would be interested to know what he, as a proud UKIP supporter, thinks about this....?
Jon Williams
Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 7:57 pm
A NEWSAGENT has been refused a licence to sell alcohol after neighbours protested.
Martin’s newsagents, in Richardson Road, Hove, had its request to Brighton and Hove City Council for a liquor licence turned down at a meeting yesterday.

This is what I would like to see, but then we are ruled by Cheshire East and not Brighton and Hove City Council and of course some people drink a lot of alcohol in Alderley Edge according to the news don't they, so maybe they need another shop selling it

a proud UKIP supporter (just for Claire), ps anyone seen a missing UKIP sign
Jane Hallam
Monday 4th May 2015 at 8:26 pm

You seem obsessed with the fact that Jon is a UKIP voter what relevance is that? I personally think we do not need another outlet for alcohol. It is essentially a magazine and sweet shop where Mothers go after school. Can we not have somewhere where children do not see yet more alcohol. Craig Brown this is a very weak response.
Jonathan Savill
Monday 4th May 2015 at 9:03 pm
I've only just gone and found the missing sign:
Agreed; no one wants a child to walk into a paper / magazine shop and be exposed to one of the great social challenges facing modern Britain today:
Alan Brough
Monday 4th May 2015 at 9:04 pm
Interestingly, I find myself in agreement with Jane Hallam this evening.

I do not (of course) believe that it is right and proper for a local Newsagent to be granted a liquor licence.

There are, already, too many outlets in the Village where people can buy alcohol either on off licence, so another is just taking away from the business of those already battling to make it cost effective to run a business premises in Alderley Edge with the eye wateringly excessive cost of business rates in place.

Once again, common sense doesn't seem very common around here!
Claire MacLeod
Monday 4th May 2015 at 9:08 pm
Hello Mrs Hallam

What a pleasure to engage with you again on here! Thanks for your comment.

I'm not obsessed at all with the fact that Jon is a proud UKIP supporter. Quite the contrary. As you may have noticed, each post that he has made on this site (I think possibly without exception) has stated, unequivocally, that he is 'a UKIP supporter'. You ask what relevance is that? Perhaps you should direct the question to him?

On your other point. It probably won't surprise you that I disagree with you. I think Craig's response, rather than being 'weak' is entirely sensible. As he correctly points out, newsagents are struggling nowadays to survive, with so much use of the internet for news. Just take this site as a prime example...

I believe they (newsagents) have been folding in almost as many numbers as rural pubs. If they can find a way to diversify their products in order to keep in business, then they have my full support. I would rather have a newsagent on the high street than not.

If as a 'Mother', you wish to take your children to a shop unsullied with alcoholic beverages, then perhaps you could take them to Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe which is just across the road, Although, I was under the impression both your 'children' are well over 18, in which case have already possibly 'been under the influence' already? I'm not casting aspersions (God forbid), simply offering a hypothesis. Good evening to you and yours.
Martin Dixon
Monday 4th May 2015 at 10:16 pm
Jane Hallam

You seem to have a problem with alcohol.
Muhammad Rafique
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 8:38 am
Demise of small businesses is haunting towns and villages across the UK. The situation in Alderley Edge seems even worse, as in my observation, independent / small traders are finding it hard to survive. Longer opening hours appears to be the motive, as it would be hard to compete against established alcohol selling businesses on price, quality, niche….
I think if the licence is not granted, we might see another charity shop on London road in not too distant future.
On the issue of alcohol free shops, it might be a novel idea in theory; in practice, alcohol is already sold and consumed in the presence of young children at different outlets in Alderley Edge. I have come across drunken adults in-charge of young children, even in some cases doing school runs while under the influence! We can’t just blame the shops; it is about being responsible adults. Good luck to Martin McColls.
Jon Williams
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 8:52 am
A bit of info on McColls:

McColl's has delivered a robust financial performance despite the challenging economic conditions in recent years. This has been supported through investment in all areas of the business as well as steps taken to evolve the store portfolio, with a focus on developing convenience.

Congleton Store Manager £19275
Bolton Store Manager Designate £19275
Wigan Store Manager Designate £19275
Stone Store Manager £17775
Stone Store Manager £17775
Bebington Deputy Manager £6.75 per hr
Cannock Deputy Manager £6.95 per hr

Under £20000 for a Manager position, Deputy Manager on just over minimum wage !
Lee Dent
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 7:15 pm
As a company we use a very strict "THINK 25" policy.
If any customer purchasing tobacco products,glue,scissors etc... look under 25 we ask them for ID and each time we ask for ID it is electronically recorded via our till system.
So this will be implemented also on the sale of any Alcohol if the licence is granted.
Martin Dixon
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 9:44 pm
Jon Williams

Was there a point you were trying to make?