RESIDENTS are up in arms over a grocer’s application to sell alcohol around-the-clock.

Twenty-one residents made objections to Redbridge Council over Niyazi Erdogan’s bid to sell booze from 7am to 11pm seven days a week in Woodford Green.

Objections to Mr Erdogan’s application cite potentially criminal acts and danger to safety as grounds for refusal.

Maria Travers, who has lived on Princes Avenue for more than 25 years, fears the character of The Broadway may change for the worse if the licence is granted.

She said: “I believe very strongly that the proximity of this shop to the tube station at Woodford would result in an influx of undesirable traffic to the area.

“Moreover, I do not understand why the council would entertain such an application when there are already more than enough food and drink outlets in the direct area.”

Nass Khan, whose family has lived in Woodford Green for 31 years, said approval of the licence could lead to the creation of a new and dangerous atmosphere.

He warned: “My fear is an off-licence that is operating in those hours would lead to a culture of undesirables in the Broadway area, creating crime and disorder, public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from harm. This application must be refused.”

Residents also highlighted the fact that eight other premises in the area have a licence to sell alcohol.

A representation from Redbridge Trading Standards Service acknowledges that residents who live above the shop and adjacent to it “could be subject to anti-social behaviour and public nuisance being caused by persons frequenting the premises to purchase alcohol.”

Mr Erdogan proposes posting notices warning customers to leave quietly, carrying out deliveries at an appropriate time and restricting the movement of bins to combat those threats, the representation acknowledges.

The premises will sell groceries and will have outside seating.

The fate of the licence will be decided in council on Monday, September 18.