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Tesco, Edgware, applies for alcohol licence
Neighbours have given an overwhelming thumbs down to a new supermarket's plan to sell alcohol late into the night.
Tesco, due to open in Glengall Road, Edgware, has submitted a licence application to sell alcohol from 6am until its closing time at 11pm.
But residents living opposite the new store fear this will encourage teenagers to buy alcohol and cause chaos in the surrounding streets.
Marion and Malcolm Smith live right opposite the site, where the old Sparrows Pub - which closed down last year - used to be.
Mrs Smith, 76, said: “This worries us. It’s going to cause trouble and we absolutely don’t want a new Tesco here selling alcohol.
“Just last week there was a drunken man screaming on the parade. Imagine how worse it’s going to be when people will be able to buy alcohol until 11pm.
“I’d consider moving house over this, it’s going to be horrible.”
Before the pub closed, anti-social behaviour in the area was rife, and police were regularly called to the area.
One trader, who did not want to be named, said drunken teenagers threw his air conditioning vent from the roof of his shop twice in the space of two days.
While there is an off-licence in the shopping parade, he is forced to close early during the week to discourage teenagers from drinking in the area.
Clive Burns, of Glengall Road, said: “It could possible cause anti-social behaviour here again, obviously there’s always that risk when someone’s selling alcohol late into the night.
“There are already gangs of teenagers who hang here - they don’t cause trouble - but when Tesco sells alcohol late into the night, that could be another magnet for it.”
A statement from Tesco said: “We are a responsible retailer and take the sale of alcohol extremely seriously.
“All our colleagues undertake training on the issue and we maintain a ‘Challenge 25’ policy on alcohol sales in our stores.
“The majority of our customers buy alcohol as part of their weekly shop and consume it responsibly.
“We want to offer a full range of service to our customers who choose to shop with us at different times of the day, which is why we have asked for sale of alcohol during opening hours.”
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