A 24-hour convenience store with permission to sell alcohol until midnight is ready to open at the city’s Cave Bar on Westgate, under a variation of the premises licence, according to a report in the Pontefract and Castleford Express.
Wakefield Council is believed to have granted permission for the store despite police concerns over street drinking. The store is expected to operate as a convenience store until 10pm, after which sales will be made through a hatch monitored by CCTV.
Between the hours of 10pm and midnight, sales of drinks over 5% ABV will not be allowed. All alcohol containers will be marked with a code, which can be traced back to the premises.
The report stated: “In the circumstances, we have therefore decided that this particular application, whilst on the face of it ay appear likely to impact upon the Westgate area, in fact is more likely to reduce any impact with the reduction in its licensing hours and increased requirements upon its licence and the sale of alcohol.”