Protests against alcohol application


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MEMBERS of the Portishead Tesco Action Group (PTAG) have raised objections to an application for an alcohol licence at the proposed Tesco Express store in West Hill.

Tesco has applied to sell alcohol daily from its new store from 6am-11pm.

North Somerset Council’s licensing sub-committee will consider the application at a meeting on Monday at Weston’s town hall at 10.30am.

After conducting a survey of residents who live close to the proposed Tesco store, Paul Dunn, PTAG chairman, said: “Many local people have written to North Somerset Council about their concerns and some are going to speak at the meeting in an attempt to get councillors to listen to the fears of local people, rather than the international Tesco machine.”

The licensing committee has already received comments from the public with concerns raised over increased antisocial behaviour, litter and noise, fears over pedestrian safety and increased traffic and potential for more underage drinking.

Mr Dunn added: “We feel the store will not be viable for Tesco without the sale of alcohol and are urging anyone against the project to speak out against the license before or at the meeting.”

The next PTAG meeting, which is open to all, will take place at the Royal Inn in Pier Road at 7.30pm on February 7.