A HEALTH board has objected to an Aberdeen shop’s plans to sell alcohol over fears for the local residents.
Concerns have been raised by NHS Grampian after B&M Stores lodged an application to sell alcohol at its Kittybrewster Retail Park outlet.
The move, if approved, would lead to alcohol being sold from 10am to 10pm.
But NHS Grampian has objected over concerns it may have a detrimental impact on the health of those living in nearby areas.
It came after information from the Scottish Public Health Observatory shows the number of alcohol-related deaths in parts of the city including Tillydrone, Old Aberdeen and George Street were more than 5% worse than the Scottish average.
In a letter to Aberdeen Licensing Board, Chris Littlejohn, consultant in public health for NHS Grampian, said: “There is a strong relationship between the availability of alcohol leading to overconsumption resulting in health harm.
“I have a specific concern about the request to increase the availability of alcohol in this area as this is highly likely to mean an increase in alcohol promoted and sold.
“There are already a range of stores in this locality selling alcohol within a very short distance.”
Froghall, Sunnybank and Powis Community Council has also objected to the proposals due to concerns including the impact it could have on nearby St Machar Academy and Sunnybank School.
A B&M Stores spokesman said: “We will not comment on the application until a decision is made.”