scraps plans for 24-hour opening at its Highbridge
Asda supermarket has this week withdrawn its controversial plans
to open the store 24 hours a day following concern from nearby
last month that the Town Council had raised a number of objections
regarding the supermarket's plans to open 24 hours a day from
Monday to Saturday and retain its current Sunday hours of 10am-4pm.
Asda this week withdrew the application.
councillor Chris Williams welcomed the news. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am very pleased this has been withdrawn."
number of local residents have contacted me regarding their concerns
about night time noise. We all feel 24 hour opening is not suitable
Town Council lodged a formal objection with Sedgemoor District
Council, saying the plans would create "extra night-time
noise, distrurbance and light pollution".
Highbridge councillor, Bill Hancock, said: "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."
Dale Bray, a resident who lives near the Asda store, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There was 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 all concerned about the extra noise at night."
are now anxiously watching to see whether the store amends the
proposals and re-submits the application with slightly extended