gives 'thumbs down' to Highbridge Asda's 24hr opening bid
councillors last night gave a 'thumbs down' to proposals by Highbridge's
Asda supermarket to open 24 hours a day.
store in Caxton Road has submitted
an application to Sedgemoor District Council to open 24 hours
a day from Monday to Saturday and retain its current Sunday opening
hours of 10am until 4pm.
the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee last night
raised a formal objection against the plans after hearing the
concerns of nearby residents.
councillor Chris Williams said: "I have been contacted by
seven residents who are all opposed to the plans because of additional
traffic and disturbance at night."
added: "Although you have to treat every application by itself,
I think Asda are being devious. If they get the extended store
opening hours, they will then, presumably, logically argue that
the proposed petrol station should have the same opening hours."
councillor Bill Hancock added: "Highbridge has enough problems
- this extension of hours would be absolutely horrendous. Overnight
opening would bring a lot more trouble into the town at night,
particularly if alcohol were available."
Cllr Paul Young told the meeting: "We have to weigh up all
the pros and cons and there's a balance to be taken here between
the risk of overnight noise against the store creating more night-time
jobs. We should look at the full picture."
councillors agreed to raise objections against the scheme, citing
extra night-time noise, and a final decision will be made by Sedgemoor
District Council after its consultation period ends on November
Bray, a resident who lives near the Asda store, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Wednesday's meeting: "This is a positive start - it's
good to have the backing of the Town Council."
is a lot of opposition and concern about the plans. We don't believe
a small town of this size needs a 24-hour supermarket and we are
concerned about the extra noise at night."