Villagers fear drunkenness and vandalism will increase if Tesco’s application for a 24-hour licence to sell alcohol at its new store is approved.

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The supermarket chain is seeking a licence to sell alcoholic drinks at its shop in Fakenham Road, Drayton, from Broadland District Council.

Tesco insists its staff are well-trained and it has many years of experience of having off-licences in its stores.

But several letters have been sent to the authority calling for the proposal to be rejected. Objectors include the area’s Home Watch coordinator, councillors and a pilot, who notes late-night noise could compromise his sleep and subsequently flight safety.

Roger Foulger, Broadland councillor for Drayton South, said the opening hours were intended to be 6am to midnight, and the licence should be restricted until 11pm.

Margaret Gallant, of Fakenham Road, wrote: “We feel this move would be likely to increase unsocial behaviour in the area.”

Another villager said they totally opposed the 24-hour, seven days a week licence application due to “the inevitable drunkenness and vandalism which will occur”.

Morgan’s Motor Engineers, in Fakenham Road, added: “We are convinced that this will bring rowdy, unsociable behaviour to the area and as our business premises are so nearby we fear break-ins and damage to our premises.”

Tesco’s application states: “We are a national retailer that sells alcohol as part of a broad offering of goods and services. We have held off-licences in our stores for many years and are an approved British Institute of inn-keeping examination centre.”

A decision will be taken on the issue on October 8. No recommendations have been put forward for the store, which is at the site of the former Budgens shop.

8 comments

  • doesnt matter what the public think , or the council for that matter , its tesco in norwich , so they can do as they please .

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    adinorwich

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • If you have 24 hour shoping, why not 24 hour licence? We had a 24 hour shop buisness (petrol station) and had to stop selling beer and wine at 10 pm. When people who were shift workers came in for an alcohol 'take away' for a evenin drink at home, we had to say NO. Caused our staff a lot of problems. It is a take away..not on the premises. If it causes problems in Drayton then the licence should be revoked. Sadly we are a 24 hour society now.

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    musicman

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Norwich police want to cut the hours alcohol can be served in clubs but the council seems quite content in approving 24 hour outlets. Time everyone started singing off the same hymn sheet.

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    BG

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Alcohol is causing huge problems in the UK and to make it readily available 24 hours a day is both immoral and stupid. But sadly Greed and big business dominates doesn't it. Shame on them all.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • 2010 saw 6137 alcohol related death, slightly up on 2009, that's approx.17 death each day. Would this approval increase or decrease these figures? I'll argue that they will because the affluent, mainly middle aged group, is also the group with an increasing consumption. It does not take a meercat to work that out.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • doesnt matter what the public think , or the council for that matter , its tesco in norwich , so they can do as they please .

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    adinorwich

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Everyone seems to be saying that supermarket alcohol is too cheap, too much alcohol crime and related violence, limit it, ban it, you name and the world and his dog keeps saying it. Tesco comes along and everyone rolls on to their backs to have their tummies tickled! Tesco is a law unto itself, what they want they get as has been proven so many times!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The campaigners of against Tesco on Unthank Road know how low Tesco stoop (bullying, personal abuse, 'anonymous' research telephone calls) ... and they rely on this to make us think its hopeless to stand up for a policy that puts our community's interest before money. I do think its worth sending the message that no, we will never put up with this sort of bullying behaviour and that we continue to campaign for our community first. I also suggest that Buy Local is a great policy...:-)

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    Lise

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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