Tesco in bid to extend open hours

A BUSY supermarket in Sowerby Bridge is applying to extend its opening time by four hours a day.

Tesco on Sowerby Street is currently open from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

But the supermarket giant will apply to Calderdale Council’s licensing committee next Thursday to allow the store to open at 6am and close at 12.30am Monday to Friday, and until midnight on Saturdays.

The opening time on a Sunday will remain 10am - 4.30pm.

Fears have risen that the increased hours of business, which will allow alcohol to be sold for an extra 23.5 hours a week, will lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The committee has received a letter in opposition to the extension from a Sowerby Bridge resident.

The letter reads: “The increased opportunity to drink cheaply, either after consumers would normally have left a licensed premises or in between travelling on to another later outlet is likely to increase the potential for public disorder either in those outlets, on the way to them, or on the way home.

“Alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in all its forms, together with increased prevalence of street-drinking at all hours as a norm are chronic problems in Sowerby Bridge.

“Tesco management has no inherent interest in the amenity of Sowerby Bridge.

“It has not made it easy for local residents to view its proposals and it is likely that very many are totally unaware of its intent,” the letter read.

The increased levels of litter and noise, as well as public safety, were also highlighted in the six page objection letter.

The application will be heard by the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee next Thursday at 10am at the Town Hall in Halifax.

l Should Tesco be allowed to open for longer? Or will it lead to more anti-social behaviour in the town?

Let us know by having your say. Email your letters to: yoursay@ halifaxcourier.co.uk.