Plans to open a new Co-Op store in Highbridge have been given a boost after town councillors last night (Monday) approved its late night opening hours and supported changes to the building plans.

Construction is underway on the new Co-Op convenience store on the corner of Highbridge’s Morland Road and Burnham Road.

Town councillors approved the Co-Op’s application for a premises licence with opening hours of 6am-11pm every day.

At a council meeting on Monday evening (June 17th), councillors aired some concerns about the lateness of the opening.

Cllr Sue Harvey noted: “It will have longer opening hours than local supermarkets which may be a concern.”

And Cllr Nick Tolley added: “There maybe problems with late night alcohol sales but we have no current evidence to support that concern, therefore I don’t object to the proposed opening hours.”

Cllr Louise Parkin responded: “There are sufficient places around the planned Co-Op that already sell alcohol at that time – the petrol garage and One Stop Shop – with no current reports of anti-social behaviour so I can’t see a problem here.”

Cllr Andy Brewer agreed, adding: “Any enforcement issues would be dealt with by the Sedgemoor’s enforcement team.”

During Monday’s meeting, pictured here, councillors also approved ‘cosmetic changes’ to the layout of the Co-Op building.

The new store is aiming to open later this year. The new Highbridge Co-Op will be similar in size to the Co-Op store in Berrow which opened in 2017, pictured above. It will have 15 parking spaces.

The land was previously occupied by the former Morlands Industrial Park, which shut in October

Highbridge’s main Co-Op supermarket, just off Market Street, shut down in October 2018 and has since been replaced by Proper Job.

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