Local residents in the Weston area of Bath have welcomed news that a Tesco store soon to open in the village has agreed to curb the hours it sells alcohol and beef-up its security measures. Following pressure by Weston’s Conservative Councillors Colin Barrett and Malcolm Lees, the new store has agreed to cut its opening hours to 7am to 10pm and only sell alcohol from 8am. Tesco initially planned to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm seven days a week.
Colin and Malcolm held meetings with the Tesco area manager and new store manager after permission was granted to convert the store from a Somerfield and increase the hours it could sell alcohol. The meetings were hailed as a success after Tesco agreed to several measures addressing local residents’ concerns about the potential for anti-social behaviour.
In addition to reducing its opening hours, the store has also agreed to install CCTV throughout the store and hold regular meetings with local Councillors to discuss any concerns about anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Colin Barrett (Con, Weston) commented:
“We have always been enthusiastic about Tesco taking over from Somerfield in Weston village as it will help boost trade on the High Street and benefit all local traders. But local residents had legitimate concerns about their initial plans to sell alcohol from early morning to late at night and the impact this could have on anti-social behaviour.
“Myself and Malcolm are extremely pleased with the constructive meetings we’ve had with Tesco and are reassured by their robust underage alcohol-sale policies. We would have liked to have seen a security guard for the store, but we will keep the situation under a close watch and press Tesco to employ one if it’s needed.”
Fellow Weston Councillor Malcolm Lees (Con) added:
“Local residents will be very pleased that Tesco has listened to our concerns. It’s also good news that they plan on opening a couple of weeks earlier than previously planned, reducing the impact of work to convert the store on neighbouring residents.”