A local newsagent has made national news by applying for an alcohol licence. Mr Kamal Sharma wants to sell booze from his Mary Vale road newsagent.
Local conservative councillors are opposing the proposal and have sent leaflets to residents in the area. They claim the are will be ‘diminished’ and the area will no longer be a famously ‘dry’ suburb.
The story has been featured in the Daily Mirror and even on Radio 4’s Today programme.
It’s the second time there’s been a challenge to the historic no-alcohol edict made by Quaker George Cadbury. Bournville is home to the only Tesco in the country that doesn’t sell alcohol after councillors and residents fought off their application for a licence in 2007.
Although there are no shops in Bournville that allow off-sales, the area is actually far from dry. There are many social clubs with licences to sell alcohol and there is also a public bar right in the centre of the Suburb.
The bar at Rowheath Pavilion is open to anyone and regular beer festivals are run at the venue.
So can Bournville still claim to be a ‘dry’ suburb? Let us know what you think.