grow over petrol station's bid for 24-hour alcohol sales
councillors and residents have this week raised formal objections
over a Burnham petrol station's plans to sell alcohol 24 hours
first reported here,
the Esso station at the junction of Oxford Street and Love Lane
has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a change to its
premises licence to allow round-the-clock alcohol sales.
a meeting on Monday, councillors aired their concerns about the
plans. Cllr Phil Harvey said: "I can't see why it's necessary
to sell alcohol through the night here. It could lead to late
night noise and anti-social behaviour issues."
Neville Jones added: "There's a guesthouse right next door
to this petrol station and many private properties around the
roundabout. It's in the heart of the town. Selling alcohol here
around the clock could well harm the area."
Cllr Dennis Davey agreed, adding that he also has concerns about
the proposed sale of hot food overnight. "There's a risk
that this petrol station would become a collection point for youths
late at night which would create extra noise in a residential
resident Mike Young also spoke out about his concerns. He told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're concerned the 24-hour sales of
alcohol would lead to extra late night noise and anti-social behaviour
- we are certainly opposed to the plans."
wants all restrictions and conditions on its licence removed at
the station to allow it to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. Its current
hours for selling alcohol are Monday to Saturday (8am-11pm), Sunday
10am-10.30pm, Good Friday 8am-10.30pm and Christmas Day 12pm-3pm
the Town Council's vote, the final decision rests with Sedgemoor
District Council. A spokesperson said any concerns and letters
of support regarding the application should reach the council
before 16th July, 2014. The full application can be viewed at
Sedgemoor District Council's offices at Bridgwater House, King
Square, Bridgwater TA6 3AR between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday
and between 9am and 4.30pm on Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).