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Store wins battle over alcohol sales

Swindon Advertiser: From left, Mike Allen, Janet Allen, Christine Waters, Stuart Waters, Brian Ford and Chris Kennedy From left, Mike Allen, Janet Allen, Christine Waters, Stuart Waters, Brian Ford and Chris Kennedy

MORRISONS has been given the green light to sell alcohol at its new store in Wroughton despite a huge outcry from local residents.

Swindon Council’s licensing panel approved an application brought by the supermarket giant to sell alcohol between the hours of 7am to 11pm Mondays to Sundays, at a meeting yesterday.

Morrisons is hoping to open an Mlocal store at the former Three Tuns pub, on Devizes Road. Contracts between the supermarket and Arkell’s Brewery have changed hands.

More than 80 residents lodged complaints with the authority citing traffic and noise issues as their main worries. But fears about underage drinkers congregating outside the site were also voiced.

Chris Kennedy, who represented a number of residents in Wroughton, said: “For Wrough-ton, with five shops already having off-licence sales, this would be one licence too many.

“The extended availablity of alcohol for consumption off the premises will inevitably result in increased public drunkenness and the attendant disorder, violence and vandalism – particularly by young people.”

He said noise would have an adverse effect on the 30 people aged 60 plus and 20 children living in close proximity.

But Morrisons representative Clare Johnson said traffic and noise issues were matters for a planning committee and should not be considered during a licensing hearing.

Mrs Johnson added there was no proof underage drinking would take place outside the store. She said Morrisons has highly trained staff in selling alcohol and has never had any of its licences revoked up and down the country.

“We are used to being good neighbours in the places that we open,” said Mrs Johnson.

“It is common when we open an Mlocal to have a lot of objections about what we might bring to that particular place.

“We simply do not cause the problems that are anticipated.”

Chairing the meeting, councillor Michael Bray (Con, Fresh-brook and Grange Park) said: “Having considered the evidence I have no hesitation in saying a licence should be granted.”

Laura Stubbs from Morrisons said: “We were pleased with the outcome of the licensing hearing and are excited about opening a Morrisons Mlocal in Wroughton.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the building back to life with a convenience store that has fresh food at its heart.”

A planning application for the change of use from a public house to a shop is expected to go through as permitted development.

Another planning application for external alterations to windows, doors, minor works to an existing car park and for a two-metre high fence to be built at the former pub was submitted to the council in August.

The application is likely to go before the planning committee on September 10.

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9:15pm Thu 29 Aug 13

MrAngry says...

A ridiculous complaint given that the site used to be a pub which opened later than 11pm.
A ridiculous complaint given that the site used to be a pub which opened later than 11pm. MrAngry
  • Score: 19

9:39pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Oik1 says...

Never heard anything so stupid, complaints about a shop selling alcohol from an ex-pub building, the chances are the local residents have gotten used to nothing happening with the building and now it's being brought back into use it's a severe case of NIMBY-ism, well get used to it, Morrisons are coming.
Never heard anything so stupid, complaints about a shop selling alcohol from an ex-pub building, the chances are the local residents have gotten used to nothing happening with the building and now it's being brought back into use it's a severe case of NIMBY-ism, well get used to it, Morrisons are coming. Oik1
  • Score: 14

9:57pm Thu 29 Aug 13

roberto5 says...

That pub when open caused more trouble than any super market would ever do!
That pub when open caused more trouble than any super market would ever do! roberto5
  • Score: 12

11:02pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Arrowfield says...

Would they rather just have a derelict site in the middle of their village?
Would they rather just have a derelict site in the middle of their village? Arrowfield
  • Score: 7

6:16am Fri 30 Aug 13

sn5 says...

If I remember correctly the locals also objected to the pub being pulled down for houses to be built. What would they be happy with? A pub that's open to 2am, which could happen on Monday perhaps
If I remember correctly the locals also objected to the pub being pulled down for houses to be built. What would they be happy with? A pub that's open to 2am, which could happen on Monday perhaps sn5
  • Score: 4

6:36am Fri 30 Aug 13

Ian13 says...

I hope no one buys any alcohol from the store when it opens - bet they do!
I hope no one buys any alcohol from the store when it opens - bet they do! Ian13
  • Score: -4

8:39am Fri 30 Aug 13

Davethered says...

I wonder how many of these people who complain about this store opening here , and selling alcohol will find the need to pop in and buy something from there. Most I expect
I wonder how many of these people who complain about this store opening here , and selling alcohol will find the need to pop in and buy something from there. Most I expect Davethered
  • Score: 2

10:06am Fri 30 Aug 13

william pitt says...

I will defiantly buy alcohol from there, as it takes so long to get served on the tills in the co op, and closer to my house to, so not far the walk back with my bottle of whiskey. happy days.
I will defiantly buy alcohol from there, as it takes so long to get served on the tills in the co op, and closer to my house to, so not far the walk back with my bottle of whiskey. happy days. william pitt
  • Score: 2

11:11am Fri 30 Aug 13

EmmBee says...

They're not just NIMBYs, they're BANANAs...

Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.
They're not just NIMBYs, they're BANANAs... Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone. EmmBee
  • Score: 7

11:23am Fri 30 Aug 13

benzss says...

william pitt wrote:
I will defiantly buy alcohol from there, as it takes so long to get served on the tills in the co op, and closer to my house to, so not far the walk back with my bottle of whiskey. happy days.
Your defiance will be appreciated.
[quote][p][bold]william pitt[/bold] wrote: I will defiantly buy alcohol from there, as it takes so long to get served on the tills in the co op, and closer to my house to, so not far the walk back with my bottle of whiskey. happy days.[/p][/quote]Your defiance will be appreciated. benzss
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Fri 30 Aug 13

Hearditallbefore says...

Common sense prevails.
Common sense prevails. Hearditallbefore
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Fri 30 Aug 13

house on the hill says...

We really need to stop blaiming supermarkets and even pubs for problems caused by alcohol. No one forces people to buy it, drink it or behave like a55holes when they do. Blame the sad members of society who abuse it and the pathetic legal system who dont hand out proper sentences rather than those who sell it. Whats next blame car makers for all the crashes caused by arrogant selfish drivers? get a life, its too easy to blame the easy target rathet than deal with the real problem that our society is going backwards rater than evolving.
We really need to stop blaiming supermarkets and even pubs for problems caused by alcohol. No one forces people to buy it, drink it or behave like a55holes when they do. Blame the sad members of society who abuse it and the pathetic legal system who dont hand out proper sentences rather than those who sell it. Whats next blame car makers for all the crashes caused by arrogant selfish drivers? get a life, its too easy to blame the easy target rathet than deal with the real problem that our society is going backwards rater than evolving. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

5:30pm Fri 30 Aug 13

Worked Hard says...

is this a joke?
is this a joke? Worked Hard
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Fri 30 Aug 13

Oliver Dummassie says...

Pity it's not a waitrose
Pity it's not a waitrose Oliver Dummassie
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Fri 30 Aug 13

house on the hill says...

Waitrose is coming, don't get impatient!
Waitrose is coming, don't get impatient! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Fri 30 Aug 13

Oliver Dummassie says...

house on the hill wrote:
Waitrose is coming, don't get impatient!
Fantastic.
Let's see what the nimbys and lefties make of that
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Waitrose is coming, don't get impatient![/p][/quote]Fantastic. Let's see what the nimbys and lefties make of that Oliver Dummassie
  • Score: 2

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