TOWN leaders have voted unanimously not to support an application by a supermarket in Cheadle to extend its licensing hours to be able to sell alcohol for longer.
ASDA in Ashbourne Road, Cheadle, has applied for a variation in its licence to be able to sell alcohol from 6am until midnight Monday to Sunday, to permit late night refreshment from 11pm until midnight from Monday to Sunday inclusive, and to remove restrictions on the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Cheadle Town Council discussed the application during its full council meeting on Monday, September 16.
Councillor Ray Wood said: "We don't want people drinking in the town at 6am; 90 per cent of anti-social behaviour is caused by drink and we've got enough pubs in the town open for long enough without 6am drinking hours." Councillor Ian Lingard said:
"This is a predominantly Christian country and as such supermarkets do not open on Christmas Day and are only open for a certain amount of time on other religious holidays and Sundays, yet this suggests selling alcohol on two religious Christian holidays."
Councillor Peter Elkin said that it did not comply with any other supermarkets and was concerned that it may set a precedent and councillor Gary Bentley was concerned that it would lead to disruption for nearby residents.
Planning application 13/00888 - Asda , Ashbourne Road - Variation of condition 18 - Store opening hours - on planning permission 02/00923/FUL supermarket with car parking has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to decide on as the planning authority.