Post Office can once again sell alcohol after licence misunderstanding resolved

Gold post box, Doddington, Linda Roberts helps with the painting.

Gold post box, Doddington, Linda Roberts helps with the painting. - Credit: Archant

The Post Office where Paralympic champion Johnnie Peacock chose to display his Olympic gold letterbox can once again sell alcohol after a mix up over their license was resolved.

Doddington Post Office had been forced to stop selling wines and spirits after they were told the main licence holder’s name was still registered as Doreen Costall, who died in December 2011.

Her husband’s name, Brian, also appears on the licence but because Mrs Costall was the designated premises supervisor (DPS) it rendered the paperwork invalid.

They submitted forms specifying a new DPS to Fenland District Council electronically which have been accepted so they are free to resume alcohol sales.

A FDC spokesman said: “The relevant forms specifying a new DPS by e-mail yesterday and we returned the completed forms today so everything is in order and they can start selling alcohol immediately.”

Council licensing supervisor Michelle Bishop and two police officers visited the New Street store last Friday to inform post office staff that they must shut down alcohol sales until the problem is sorted, which will take at least 28 days.

They were also told the licence had to be on display at all times.

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Mrs Costall’s family, who have run the post office for 30 years, said they wrote to the council after she died explaining the situation and asking if anything needed amending.

All other council-related business paperwork was changed to Mr Costall’s name, leaving the family believing everything had been sorted.

The purpose of a DPS status is to ensure there is always one specified individual, among other personal licence holders, to take day-to-day responsibility for running the premises.

In every licensed premises one personal licence holder must be specified as the DPS. They do not have to be present at the premises at all times but must be easy to contact when not present.