D-day for controversial Spalding booze licence bid

The former China City restaurant.
The former China City restaurant.

Councillors will decide this week whether to grant a booze licence at the premises of a former Spalding take-away whose previous owner was linked with smuggled cigarettes.

The application to grant a new premises licence for former restaurant China City will be considered on Thursday.

A previous application to sell booze from the building – being re-opened as a grocery – was withdrawn after owner Karwan Ahmad lost his licence to sell alcohol at Baltic Off Licence and Winsover Off Licence within 24 hours back in February.

On both occasions a panel of South Holland District Council’s licensing committee heard that smuggled cigarettes had been concealed in the stores.

Appeals have been lodged in both cases, with Mr Ahmad saying the smuggling went on before he bought the businesses.

Criminal investigations in relations to the seizures of smuggled cigarettes are ongoing. The new application is from Hassan Khoshparwar, of Birmingham.

In his application, Iranian -born Mr Khoshparwar says he wants to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, from 6am to midnight, seven days-a-week.

Mr Khoshparwar was named as designated premises supervisor in the previous application on December 31 but is now named as the owner.

Lincolnshire Police is calling for the licence to be refused on grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder.

The police’s objection states that Mr Ahmad may still have an ongoing interest in the business and that the application has been made in Mr Khoshparwar’s name to cover this fact.

There have been a number of representations made against the application by members of the public, mainly citing street drinking, drink driving, anti-social behaviour and littering.

The committee can either grant the application, modify the conditions of the licence or reject all or part of it.