Store’s plan to extend booze sales opposed

An application to extend the alcohol sales licence for Tesco Express in Matmore Gate, Spalding, has been submitted to South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson.
An application to extend the alcohol sales licence for Tesco Express in Matmore Gate, Spalding, has been submitted to South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Plans by a Spalding store to increase the times when it can sell alcohol are being opposed by people living nearby.

Tesco Express in Matmore Gate has asked South Holland District Council for its licence to be extended from 16 to 17 hours so that alcohol can be sold between 6am and 11pm.

But Guardian readers have come out in opposition to the plans, claiming there is no demand for the extension and accusing Tesco of having “no thought or care” for people living near the store.

In a letter to the Guardian last week, Susan Taylor of Stonegate, Spalding, said: “There are numerous shops in town were alcohol can be purchased at these times.

“I believe there has been no thought given by Tesco to local residents who now have to endure a large volume of traffic, rubbish and anti-social behaviour.”

Peter Hearth, of Matmore Close, Spalding, said: “I have little doubt that this retailer has only one reason in mind, extra profit, with no thought or care for the local residents living near the store.

“What annoys me is the tiny little notice put up in the shop window that no one one would notice and in an ideal world, a petition should be raised up.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have applied to extend our licence at our Matmore Gate Express store by one hour as we would like to provide a more convenient offer for our customers.

“We are conscious of our responsibilities as a good neighbour and have a policy to challenge anyone we believe who looks under 25 years old for proof of ID.
“We appreciate residents’ concerns and will be mindful of these at all times.”

Coun Malcolm Chandler, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for regulatory services, said: “I can confirm that a licence application has been received and is currently under the consultation period.

“All applications are considered on their individual merits and any person can make representations.”