PETITION: Say no to 24/7 alcohol at the Kingston Road BP in New Malden

By now, you may be aware of the proposal submitted to Kingston Council currently being consulted on to allow the BP on Kingston Road to sell alcohol and hot food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As the Independent Team representing the area around the BP, we have already voiced our concerns about the impact this will have on the surrounding area – increased noise, public nuisance and crime and disorder.

The petrol station has applied twice before for 24 hour alcohol, both times being refused after strong intervention from local residents and your Independent Team – notably former Councillor Mary Clark.

A recent report completed by Kingston University concluded that 59% of the Kingston University students that took part in the survey drank alcohol before going out and 83% of the nightclub members also pre-loaded alcohol before going out. This BP is located just a few hundred metres away from 360 students at the purpose-built Arbury Court student housing near Aldi on the Kingston Road.

One survey of 19-35 year olds found that those who reported pre-loading reported significantly higher total alcohol consumption over a night out than those who waited to drink until reaching the bars and nightclubs. Pre-loaders were also more than twice as likely to have been involved in a fight. This contravenes the licensing objectives stated above.

As Rose Cottage Service Station will be the only licensed premises in that area to still be open after midnight, this may encourage people who may have already consumed alcohol on a night out to purchase more alcohol on their way home.

Every year, 8.800 Kingston residents consume alcohol to a level that places them in a high risk of alcohol-related harm – far higher than the London average – and the Council has to spend over £1.5m a year on treatment services to stop alcohol abuse… and that doesn’t even take into account the money spent fighting alcohol related crime.  In 2017, there were 13 assaults within 500 metres of the premises, 3 reported incidents of head injuries, and 24 alcohol related incidents plus an additional 2 which were related to young people aged under 26 years.

Independent Champions James Giles and Yvonne Tracey are working alongside local resident Frederick Corbett to ensure that this application is refused.

But in order to do that, we need your support. Please use the form below to send a representation to the Council and let them know that you are against alcohol being sold all night here too. Alternatively, you can send your own representation to david.kingstone@kingston.gov.uk.

Say no to 24/7 alcohol at the Kingston Road BP in New Malden

Dear Mr Kingstone,

RE: ROSE COTTAGE SERVICE STATION, 159 KINGSTON ROAD, NEW MALDEN, KT3 3NS

I am writing in the strongest of terms to voice my objection to the proposed sale, by retail, of alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the grounds of going against the licensing conditions of preventing crime and disorder and in relation to public nuisance.

The previous tenants, JET, were granted 24 hour opening and this attracted so much trouble in terms of noise and disruption that eventually the police ran out of patience with the number of times they were called to the premises and 24 hour opening was cut back to more regular hours, although we still contend with amounts of noise in the local area from the service station late at night from the sale of fuel, particularly at weekends.

In recent times, the tannoy has also caused a huge amount of public nuisance in the early hours of the morning from the service station - and noise complaints have been logged formally with the Metropolitan Police from my neighbours.

In this case, Motor Fuel Limited are in collaboration with Londis, which sells food and alcohol on the premises. Selling alcohol on a 24 hour basis will attract drunkards and those with alcohol issues at very unsociable hours, as well as the hundreds of students just a few hundred metres down the road at the purpose-built student accommodation at Arbury Court. Kingston Road is a mixture of predominantly residential and light industrial properties - it has no need for a 24 hour service station selling hot food and alcohol, especially as a 24 hour Tesco superstore exists within a mile of it.

A recent report completed by Kingston University concluded that 59% of the Kingston University students that took part in the survey drank alcohol before going out and 83% of the nightclub members also pre- loaded alcohol before going out.

One survey of 19-35 year olds found that those who reported pre-loading reported significantly higher total alcohol consumption over a night out than those who waited to drink until reaching the bars and nightclubs. Pre-loaders were also more than twice as likely to have been involved in a fight. This contravenes the licensing objectives stated above.

As Rose Cottage Service Station will be the only licensed premises in that area to still be open after midnight, this may encourage people who may have already consumed alcohol on a night out to purchase more alcohol on their way home.

In 2017, there were 13 assaults within 500 metres of the premises, 3 reported incidents of head injuries, and 24 alcohol related incidents plus an additional 2 which were related to young people aged under 26 years.

Opening 24 hours may provide greater income for Motor Fuel Limited, but it will also act as a magnet for all kinds of public nuisance incidents, will increase the amount of litter in the area, and will be disruptive and incredibly stressful for local residents in the vicinity, a large number of whom are elderly or have small children, and ultimately could encourage criminal activity.

c. 85% of the adult population in Kingston consume alcohol. Of these, 33% drink at levels which may result in alcohol related harm. (see North West Public Health Observatory (2012) Topography of Drinking Behaviours in England [online] at http://www.lape.org.uk/downloads/alcoholestimates2011.pdf)

This means that about 27,000 people in Kingston consume levels of alcohol that place them in the increasing risk category for alcohol related harm. A further 8,800 residents fall in to the higher risk category for alcohol related harm. Compared to the London average, women and men in Kingston reportedly drink more.

In 2013-14, there were 1,780 admissions to Kingston hospital where alcohol related conditions were the primary diagnosis or a secondary diagnosis (broad measure) (DSR per 100,000 population, persons). Between April 2013 and March 2014, there were 984 alcohol related ambulance call outs to Kingston.

In 2013-14, there were an estimated 1,059,210 hospital admissions in England where an alcohol related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis.

In 2014/15 the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames Public Health Department spent
circa £1,558,000 to provide substance misuse (drug and alcohol) prevention and treatment services to its adult population.

We cannot afford to put the public health of our residents at further risk by increasing the opportunity to purchase alcohol at these unsociable hours, and give the potential for increased public nuisance.

Already, residents face issues with noise (as mentioned previously), litter in the area, urination against property walls from drunken residents at unsociable hours and have had to clean up vomiting on the street in the vicinity of the service station.

I believe that the granting of this request would result in the likely increase of Crime and Disorder and Public Nuisance both at the premises and near vicinity, and on those grounds, would urge you to refuse the application.

Yours sincerely

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