Rushden Tesco bids to extend alcohol licence

Councillors are concerned that there will be more alcohol-related problems in the area of the war memorial

Councillors are concerned that there will be more alcohol-related problems in the area of the war memorial

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Concerns have been raised about plans to extend the number of hours a town centre shop is allowed to sell alcohol.

Tesco has applied for a new premises licence so it can sell alcohol at its store in High Street, Rushden, from 6am until 11pm every day.

If approved by East Northamptonshire Council’s licensing panel, it would replace the store’s current licence for the sale of alcohol from 10am until 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

But concerns have been raised, including by Rushden Town Council.

A letter from the council states: “We already receive complaints about people sitting and drinking alcohol at the site of the town’s war memorial which is directly in front of the Tesco store.

“This problem has increased greatly since the Tesco store opened and it is evident that alcohol is purchased from the store and then consumed in the war memorial garden.

“We continually clear discarded cans and bottles from the site and feel this problem would only be increased should additional licensing hours be granted.

“We do not consider it appropriate or necessary for people to be able to purchase alcohol at 6am and object very strongly to this proposal.”

Northamptonshire Police also has concerns, saying there is an ongoing problem with alcohol stolen from the store even with security staff in place, and they feel a new licence should only be granted with a condition requiring the provision of security staff.

The plans for the extended hours will be discussed at the council offices in Thrapston at 10am on January 26.

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