manager of an Earlsdon off-license has reacted with mixed emotions to the news that an
application by national newsagent Dillons to sell alcohol has been adjourned for four
Dillons, which is based on Earlsdon Street, had its application rejected by licensing
justices in March this year during a three-day hearing, but has reapplied and the case
will be reheard in February 2000.
The original date set was 8 November but it was agreed that the case needed three full
days to be heard, and has now been scheduled to begin on 10 February 2000.
Robert Saulitis who is manager of Alexander Wines in Providence Street is happy that
the application has again been delayed but he admits he cannot see an end to the battle.
"Dillons has a 20-year-lease on the premises in Earlsdon Street and if they are
unsuccessful with that in theory they can reapply ever year, so even if February sees them
rejected it will not be the end."
Dillons claims that it needs an alcohol license to make the store profitable, but
objectors claim there is no need for another licensed premises in the town.
"There are two main reasons for the objections. The first is that there are
already 27 licenses granted in Earlsdon which includes restaurants, pubs, off-licenses and
those kind of things.
"The other is that not being experienced off-license staff can cause problems with
under age drinking and that is something which is clearly concerning everybody."
A spokesperson for Coventry Magistrates said that the hearing had been adjourned
because the case was complex.
"This case has a lot of evidence involved and witnesses that will be called and we
were asked for three days for it to be heard, and the new date is the earliest that is
"It is quite a complex case with the Police amongst the objectors to the license
so that is why it will take longer than normal."
Nobody from Dillons was available for comment on the matter.