Sidcup station Tesco allowed to sell alcohol daily until 11pm

PUBLISHED: 17:23 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 09:26 29 November 2011

The Tesco supermarket near Sidcup train station has been successful in its bid to sell alcohol daily until 11pm.

Bexley Council licensing committee have granted permission for Tesco in Station Road, Sidcup, to sell alcohol daily between 8am and 11pm, as long as people who appear under the age of 25, are asked for identification.

Staff are also required to receive regular training on the prevention of underage sales, CCTV should be kept in good working order and a till prompt will appear on the initial sale of alcohol to remind the seller of their responsibilities.

Their decision last Wednesday (23) reads: “We are satisfied that the applicant now has robust and appropriate operating practices and policies that they will apply to the area. Although we accept that the area does still have problems associated with youth disorder none of this can be linked to the applicant. We do not believe that the grant of this licence might possibly lead to recurrence of past problems associated with this premises.

“No interested parties, including local residents, have made representations on the application. The police have not made any representations on the application.”

Before the changes the shop was allowed to sell alcohol daily until 11pm on weekdays other than Christmas Day and Good Friday, Sundays, except Christmas day between 10am and 10.30pm, Christmas day between 12pm and 3pm and then from 7pm to 10.30pm, and Good Friday between 8am and 10.30pm.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We take our responsibilities as a retailer of alcohol very seriously. Our checkout staff undergo regular training and we have a strict ‘Think 25’ policy to support our staff when judging age, if staff believe a customer to be under 25 they must ask for proof of age. We also work with the police and others to tackle anti-social behaviour in the community.”

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