We would like to thank everyone who wrote in to object to Tesco’s Premises Licence application and all those that supported our efforts to curtail their plans to sell alcohol during all of their opening hours.
Sadly the licensing laws are heavily stacked in favour of the applicant. The panel’s decision allows Tesco to sell alcohol during their opening hours from 06:00am to 11:00pm every day of the year.
Without evidence of anti-social behaviour, public nuisance, under-age alcohol sales etc. at the Golden Harp site nothing could be done to stop them or place conditions on their licence. Obviously there is no evidence because the store has not opened yet.
Tesco’s lawyer said that Tesco’s policy towards consulting with residents has moved towards not bothering. It is a consideration that they need not take as far as the law is concerned. They will continue open their stores whether we like it or not.
We will continue to fight for the rights of the residents and collect evidence for a review of their Premises Licence at some point in the future.