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Decision due on Wroughton Morrisons' store plan
PLANS to allow a new supermarket in Wroughton to sell alcohol throughout the week are to be decided on by councillors next week.
An application for a premises licence for Morrisons at Devizes Road in Wroughton to sell alcohol between 7am to 11pm, from Monday to Sunday will go before a licensing panel next Thursday.
The supermarket giant announced in July that it plans to transform derelict pub The Three Tuns, which closed in 2011, into one of its smaller stores.
But objectors say there is no need for more retail shops in the village, which already homes a Co-op, Tesco Express and two newsagents. An application has not yet been submitted to build the store itself.
More than 80 residents have lodged objections with Swindon Council about the plans, with many citing noise and traffic disruption as the main issues.
Jean Leo, of the Pitchers, was one of the residents who wrote to the council. She said: “Please don’t plan to bring noise and misery to the neighbours of the Three Tuns. What we do need is more affordable housing and this would be a much better suggestion for the site.”
Betty Spalding, who lives opposite the former pub, said the site was not suitable as it was on the corner of a busy road.
She said: “We are concerned that if this development takes place, disruption or worse from the customers late at night could cause serious problems to the nearby residents. There will be traffic problems caused by the heavy lorries entering the site.”
Swindon brewery Arkell’s, which owns the pub, said contracts have been exchanged with Morrisons.
A spokesman for the family brewers said: “Contracts have been exchanged and Arkell’s hopes that the completion will happen shortly.”
A Morrisons spokesman said: “We take time to share our store opening plans with the local community so that we can work together to provide a great store for everyone.
“The Morrisons M local in Wroughton will have 15 dedicated parking spaces, which will provide more than adequate provision for customers.
“Fresh food will be at the heart of what we sell and we’re looking forward to bringing this building back to life.”
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