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By Kiro Evans, Local Democracy Reporter

Police have come out against plans for a Shell petrol station to be given an alcohol license – and criticised Uber Eats in the process.

They said the delivery firm is “not a responsible supplier of alcohol” amid widespread opposition to the plans for the convenience store on Sidcup Road in Mottingham.

Greenwich council’s licensing sub-committee will next week hear the application from Shell and decide whether to grant it a 24-hour alcohol license.

This will give the petrol station’s convenience store the ability to sell booze around the clock and deliver it via third parties.

But any involvement from Uber Eats has been criticised by police representative Darryl Crossman, who gave written representation on behalf of the Met.

Arguing that the application should be rejected in its current form, he wrote: “The delivery partner which previous Shell applications have proposed is Uber Eats.

“Police licensing feel that they are not a responsible supplier of alcohol.

“As previously mentioned they are not licensed, if you attempt to research their delivery policy the most prominent point is that there will be a restocking fee for undeliverable items putting the pressure on deliveries to be completed, there is no procedure in place to confirm that valid ID has been captured or confirmed at the point of purchase.”

He adds that there have been 105 crime reports for Uber Eats across South-east London boroughs over the last six months.

This ranges from theft of vehicles, robberies of goods and assaults on staff.

In comparison, rival delivery company Getir has had 16 reports over the same area and time period, according to Mr Crossman.

Uber Eats has been contacted for comment.

The area’s ward councillors have also come out against the plans before next week’s meeting.

Conservative councillor Roger Tester wrote on behalf of other ward councillors: “Like many areas, Coldharbour and New Eltham ward is affected by problems with anti-social behaviour (ASB), and in the case of many such incidents, consumption of alcohol is a clear factor.

“Having a source of alcohol available 24 hours a day within the area is likely to increase this ASB and also have a negative and detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of those residents locally who are already struggling with excessive drinking.

“There are currently no other premises in the immediate area where alcohol can be purchased 24 hours a day.

“The availability of 24 hour off sales is also likely to bring customers from outside the area , travelling in cars which will increase noise and footfall late at night in a largely residential area causing public nuisance.

“Delivery drivers on motorbikes and mopeds collecting take away orders will similarly cause noise disturbance to nearby residents 24 hours a day, particularly between 11pm and 5am when the road is usually quieter.”

The licensing sub-committee will hear representations today.

Shell has been contacted for comment.

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