University of Hertfordshire shop gets 24/7 booze licence
06:30 03 April 2012
A UNIVERSITY of Hertfordshire store has been given permission to sell booze 24/7 – but it will not be serving students.
The Student Shop on the de Havilland Campus, which is run by the Students’ Union, will only be open for conference users and outside of term times.
The alcohol-selling conditions for the facility, which sits just off Albatross Way, were re-set at a meeting of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s licensing sub-committee after an application was made by the union.
Opposition had been mounted by nearby residents and Hatfield Villages councillor Lynne Sparks, concerned about sales to undergraduates and additional noise.
But addressing their fears, Max Ross, commercial director of the union, said they had “no intention” of selling to students.
Speaking at last Tuesday’s meeting he said: “It is not our intention to open 24/7, 52 weeks a year, either – we are after more flexibility,” he added.
“In terms of sales to students, many don’t come to us for drinks as we cannot compete with the supermarkets for price.”
The old conditions allowed the shop to sell alcohol from noon until midnight Monday to Saturday and from 2pm until 11pm on Sundays.
The Students’ Union will now be able to sell alcohol in the early-hours to clients who use the facility through conferences, but only outside term-time.
Anyone wanting to buy alcohol, will have an electronic card supplied, which will give access to the shop.The union will also have to provide notice that the facility will be open for liquor sales 28 days prior to the sale.
Mr Ross said the shop would be used by clients including the police force; 1,400 officers were based at the uni during last summer’s riots – but were unable to get alcohol when they had finished their shifts.
The committee passed the shop’s new licence.