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Late booze licence bid

PUBLISHED: 17:01 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:02 25 August 2010

FEARS over underage drinkers causing anti-social unrest have prompted calls to reject a license extension by a supermarket.

FEARS over underage drinkers causing anti-social unrest have prompted calls to reject a license extension by a supermarket.

Belvedere councillor David Leaf wants an application by Tesco to extend a proposed store's licensing hours from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week, to be thrown out.

The supermarket chain is set to take over the Co-op at 21 Picardy Street, Belvedere, from August 24.

It is understood by Mr Leaf that the new outlet is set to operate as a Tesco Express from early September.

Mr Leaf said: "My major concern is a problem with 18-year-olds buying alcohol for minors.

"This is already happening and my fear is that if a late licence is granted the situation will get worse.

"We don't want to encourage more anti-social behaviour because the people who will be worst affected are the residents and shop staff."

He says traders are also concerned about the adverse affect on their trade if Tesco is granted hours extended beyond the existing

Co-op.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, councillors not on the licensing committee are unable to make representations, unlike issues about planning applications.

However, members of the public and business owners in the vicinity are entitled to submit their opinions in writing for consideration by the licensing team, no later than Wednesday, September 2.

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