TROUBLE is brewing over a business's plans to start selling alcohol from a lock-up garage in West Drayton.
The garage, at the rear of Sipson Road, West Drayton, is the subject of an application from Drink Drivers UK Ltd, who intend to deliver alcohol across the area 24 hours a day.
A licensing committee is set to decide whether or not the plans should be allowed, at the Civic Centre, on Friday, June 12.
There are many objectors to the plans, including nearby businesses and residents, although licensing officer Ian Meens does not believe that it will pose a problem from a crime and disorder point of view.
Ralph Dolbear, neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, from Thornton Avenue, disagreed. He said: "It's going to be vulnerable with drivers unloading, groups of lads spilling out from the pubs and back on to the estate, and these back alleyways are notorious for crime.
"Safety for everyone is a real concern."
Garry Brace, of Napier Close, West Drayton, said: "Vehicles working for or making deliveries for Drink Drivers will cause many problems for other owners wishing to use this alleyway. Vehicles manoeuvring, loading and unloading in and around the area will cause undue noise to homes."
Patricia Hanley, of Sipson Road, said: "I strongly object to the application. This could create a 24-hour nuisance.
"It is the thin end of a wedge to create commercial premises in an entirely domestic area."
Michael Hanley, landlord of The Fox and Pheasant, said: "West Drayton is a very volatile area and alcohol is already readily available.
"The proximity of this address to my premises is also a worry, any noise or nuisance caused would inevitably be unfairly attributed to the Fox and Pheasant."
Christopher Brown of Sipson Road, said: "I feel we already have enough outlets in the surrounding area supplying alcohol, and this application should not be granted."
Sargeant Ian Meens, licensing officer, said: "I don't feel this will lead to an increase in crime and disorder. There won't be a large stock of alcohol there at any one time, it will only be enough for a day or two's trading on any given day."The gentleman proposing the business is already running his business from a store, but is now proposing to run it from a private garage so not to incur commercial business rates.
"It is reflective of the economic climate of the moment."