Grangemouth off sales boss quizzed

Falkirk Council licensing board is determined to make sure its objectives are met
Falkirk Council licensing board is determined to make sure its objectives are met

The owner of an off-sales appeared before Falkirk Council’s licensing board to be quizzed on the standard of training he gives his staff.

Mohammed Saleem was called to a hearing after concerns were raised his employees did not fully understand the rules. Mr Saleem runs the Castleton Mini Market in Grangemouth.

The board was told licensing standards officer Thomas Ross had visited the premises with police in April but no member of staff on duty had been able to provide licence documents – leading him to believe they had a lack of knowledge regarding proper procedures and the board’s accepted licensing objectives.

At the hearing solicitor Dick Sandeman said Mr Saleem had held a licence to sell alcohol for over 20 years and he took his responsibilities “very seriously”.

Mr Sandeman added: “It is his view the staff he has are well qualified and well trained. One has held a personal licence since 2008 and retrained last year. This was intensive training to City and Guilds standard. His staff are trained to the highest standard and been given all appropriate training.

“Mr Saleem considers he has always complied with all the legislation and maintains his staff know what they are doing. He really does not understand what is being done wrong.

“In our view there has been no breach of licensing objectives, but Mr Saleem plans a robust review of arrangements and going forward will be keeping a close eye on matters.”

Mr Ross said: “I take comfort from the fact one member of staff is now a personal licence holder and it is good the training records are now in place.

“However, perhaps if they had been there in the first place this course of action could have been avoided.”

The board concluded given the information presented there were no grounds for a review and no action will be taken.

A board spokesman said: “Officers visited the premises in connection with licensing objectives over a 13-month period.

“This resulted in both verbal and written advice being issued in relation to the lack of staff training and the apparent lack of staff understanding of the licensing objectives.”