LICENSING: Thanks to all who supported our licensing protest

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May I thank all the residents living near Tesco Express at Matmore Gate who helped us in our opposition to Tesco’s application for increased licensing hours by either signing our petition and/or writing in their own objections and attending the licensing panel meeting.

I am only sorry that we were not successful in limiting the hours granted.

I would like to think that in a democracy the collection of 72 signatures with only seven people declining to sign would be considered an overwhelming majority in favour of maintaining the status quo. However, under the Licensing Act the weight of local feeling unfortunately is not sufficient to prevent a licence being granted.

Richard Knipe

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