John joins campaign against supermarket’s application sell alcohol from 6am until midnight, in an area with three other Tesco’s nearby.
Last year the Castle Pub in Midanbury closed and was bought by Tesco, which means the area has yet another Express store despite one being on nearby road Cobden Avenue. Local residents are campaigning against the closure of their pub and the opening of an unwanted shop.
The hours Tesco have applied for are longer than the practice at the existing stores on the same street. Many residents have contacted Mr Denham to say they believe this is inappropriate.
They also argue that, with two existing off-licences, another is not needed and can only add to social problems. Mr Denham urges anyone who shares these concerns to object to Tesco’s application to sell alcohol by contacting Southampton City Council before the end of their consultation period, which ends on 3rd April 2013.
Mr Denham said:
“I agree that Midanbury does not need another off-license. We all know the dangers of selling alcohol, and these hours will cause concern to neighbours who already fear anti-social behaviour. Even residents who believe the Tesco store will go ahead want them to be good neighbours. This application show little sensitivity to the concerns of local people.
“It is a great shame that at the moment supermarkets do not need planning permission to convert a pub into a shop. I am one of the MPs who have argued that the planning laws should be changed so that local people and councillors can influence what happens in local communities.”