Spalding booze licence bid: I won’t appeal council refusal

Ernesta Tamutyte will not appeal the licensing panel's refusal of a licence to sell alcohol - and  says she will remove drinks signs, like the beer poster (left) from the shop. ANL-160516-105456001
Ernesta Tamutyte will not appeal the licensing panel's refusal of a licence to sell alcohol - and says she will remove drinks signs, like the beer poster (left) from the shop. ANL-160516-105456001

A mum-of-two will go on building her business despite the council refusing her a licence to sell alcohol at Global Foods.

Ernesta Tamutyte (30) says Friday’s four hour hearing, when she was represented by a lawyer, had cost her nearly £3,000.

She said: “There is no point appealing. For that money I would have gone three times on holiday.”

Miss Tamutyte says she will remove signs at her shop in Winsover Road, Spalding, that say it sells alcohol.

The council licensing panel heard Miss Tamutyte had made false entries to a refusals register when her long-term partner Marius Legavicius was the owner, before he lost his licence.

The panel verdict was: “It was agreed by all parties that these premises had a history of poor compliance with the previous licence conditions and of behaviour that undermined the crime prevention objective.

“The applicant sought to argue that the previous problems were the responsibility of her long-term partner and that she would represent a clean slate and run the premises properly.

“The credibility of the applicant was fatally undermined by the fact she initially stated that she had not signed the refusals register but later had to concede that she had signed false entries under the instruction of her partner. In view of this there are no conditions that could be offered that would satisfy the panel that it would be appropriate to promote the licensing objectives by granting a premises licence.”

Panel members were Couns Christine Lawton, Anthony Casson and Jack Tyrrell.

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