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Residents call for ban on booze licences in Queen's Road, Watford
Fed-up residents in central Watford have launched a petition calling for a ban on anymore booze licences being granted in their road.
People living in Queen’s Road and The Broadway have said alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour, including fights as well as public urination and defecation, is making their lives a misery.
The move comes weeks after Watford Borough Council granted an alcohol licence for a Polish deli, which was bitterly opposed by residents.
One of the people behind the petition, Su Murray, said alcohol being sold by premises on the road was leading to constant problems for residents.
She said: "There is a lot of antisocial behaviour, we have people urinating and defecating in out gardens and alleyways and there are fights breaking out.
"It is not a nice feeling living here at the moment."
In December residents failed in a bid to stop a new shop on Queens Road, the Great Poland Deli, obtaining permission to sell alcohol.
In a heated meeting at Watford Town Hall councillors heard arguments from people living on the road and even the chairman of homeless charity, Watford New Hope, Mike Smith, against the application.
In the end the shop was allowed to have an alcohol licence, but conditions were imposed on what strength booze it can sell.
However the borough council has taken measures to curtail alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and crimes in problem areas of the town before.
The council imposed a new licensing policy in relation to Whippendell Road, between Cassio Road and Hagden Road, in 2010 due to the high level of alcohol-fuelled incidents in the area.
The policy aimed to discourage any more off-licenses popping up in the area.
Ms Murray said the problems in the road went around in a cycle. She said when problems grew worse the police beefed up their presence, only for the issues to flare up again when the police presence when back to normal levels.
Ms Murray added residents felt if they were freed from opposing new alcohol licences they could focus on other initiatives to improve the road.
Watford’s MP Richard Harrington is set to attend a meeting about the petition at Newton Price Centre in Grosvenor Road on Thursday.