Store gets go-ahead to extend booze selling hours despite concerns over drunken yobs

A Doncaster store has had its alcohol license extended despite residents' concerns it would contribute to antisocial behaviour.

Sunday, 14th May 2017, 1:30 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 8:37 am
Tesco Express, Adlard Road, Wheatley Hills. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Tesco MC 3

Residents are concerned about the anti-social behaviour caused by youths around the Tesco Express, in Adlard Road, Wheatley Hills.

They told Doncaster Council’s licensing sub-committee they had experienced problems with noise, drunkenness and nuisance.

But the committee said there was no evidence that the store was responsible for the problems and granted the application to alter the hours it can sell alcohol.

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Minutes from the meeting said: “The sub-committee found that whilst they had sympathy with the residents, there was no evidence that any alcohol was being sold to youths by Tesco, or that the store was responsible for the problems.

“The sub-committee also took into account that the Police had not made any representations about crime and disorder.

“The Sub-Committee welcomed the fact that Tesco would try and work with residents where they were able to.”

The store can now sell alcohol in line with its opening hours and had the restrictions regarding the sale of it on Christmas Day and Good Friday removed.

Representatives for Tesco referred the committee to the council’s own licensing policy which says that as a general rule, shops should be free to provide sales of alcohol at any time when the retail outlet was open.