Morrisons in Bath applies to extend opening hours till midnight
A Bath supermarket is applying to extend its opening hours to midnight every night of the week, but has assured customers and residents the application is purely to give them flexibility to open later on certain days.
The latest application for Morrisons in London Road requests permission for the store to sell alcohol and accept deliveries until midnight seven days a week.
Local councillors in the area have urged residents to raise any concerns they have on the application as the council's licensing committee cannot refuse a licence unless granting it would be against specific council objectives, such as the prevention of public nuisance.
Councillor Paul Fox (Lib Dem, Walcot) said he wanted people to come forward and tell the council what, if any, impact they think the application could have on the area and whether they think selling alcohol until midnight will increase the level of criminal and antisocial behaviour in the vicinity.
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A spokesperson for Morrisons said the application was only being submitted to give the store flexibility if staff wanted to open later.
If granted the new application will also allow the store to open later during the Olympics.
He said: "The application for additional hours is to give us the flexibility to open earlier or later on certain days at busy times of the year such as Christmas, when customers tell us they would like longer opening hours.
"The extension will also prepare us for extended opening hours during this year's Olympic Games."
Mr Fox said it was vital local residents had their say on the proposals.
He said: "We're very concerned of the impact of the alcohol licence in terms of the issues of antisocial behaviour. We have been putting out leaflets and emailing residents to let them know."
He added: "Once they have got it there's nothing the council can do.
"They are asking for permission to do something they say they're not often going to do – I don't believe that.
"You don't go to the trouble of putting in an application for something they're not going to use."
Mr Fox said he was also upset he and fellow councillor Lisa Brett had received no communication from Morrisons ahead of the application.
To register any concerns, email Kirsty Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or write to Environmental Services, B&NES Council, 9-10 Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SN, or ring 01225 396719.