New booze sales bid for Spalding premises on Winsover Road

Mini Poli at 20 Winsover Road, the premises formerly occupied by China City.
Mini Poli at 20 Winsover Road, the premises formerly occupied by China City.
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Police are considering their response to a new application for booze sales at 20 Winsover Road, the address of Spalding’s former China City restaurant.

In April this year, South Holland’s licensing panel turned down an application for alcohol sales there after police objections linked then applicant Hassan Khoshparwar to a previous applicant, Karwan Ahmad, who in turn had links to premises that had been found to hold illegal and non-duty paid cigarettes.

New applicant Farhang Amin Mohammed has made a licensing application for off-sales of alcohol at the address, now known as Mini Poli, which currently houses a mini-market.

The deadline for comments to be made to the council’s licensing team is Tuesday, August 16.

Mr Mohammed is seeking consent to sell alcohol between the hours of 10am-9.30pm Monday to Sunday – opening hours of Mini Poli are 7am-11pm Monday to Sunday.

Sgt Kimble Enderby, from the Lincolnshire Police licensing team, told the Free Press: “Lincolnshire Police are considering the application and if evidence arises or we have concerns that the licensing objectives would be undermined by the issuing of this licence we will submit a representation to South Holland District Council.”

Mr Mohammed’s application is only likely to go to the council licensing panel committee if there are objections either from police or Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Mr Mohammed was not available for comment when the Free Press visited the Winsover Road premises.

• The panel’s formal decision notice in April said an application was initially made in the name of Mr Ahmad and submitted on January 5.

It said Mr Ahmad had been involved in the running of two premises that had been found to hold illegal and non-duty paid cigarettes.

In the application, Mr Khoshparwar was named as the designated premises supervisor, which would have made him responsible for day-to-day running.

Mr Ahmad then withdrew his application and a new one was submitted in the name of Mr Khoshparwar.

The panel said: “In short, the police believe that Mr Hassan Khoshparwar was not a genuine applicant and is linked to Mr Karwan Ahmad.”

Having considered all the evidence, the panel concluded the only option was to reject the application.