Protest continues as Tesco date announced

PUBLISHED: 10:01 16 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco says it will open a new store in Weston next month in the face of continuing opposition.

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco says it will open a new store in Weston next month in the face of continuing opposition.

Bosses of the UK's biggest retailer say they will be ready to receive customers at an Express shop in Whitecross Road on February 24.

But the company's plans to sell alcohol are still yet to be approved by councillors, with a licensing hearing due to take place later this month.

Campaigners say an 1800s covenant on the building says liquor must not be sold from the site, which Tesco bosses dispute.

The company's regional manager for small stores, Melanie Chiswell, said: "Tesco is aware that certain historical restrictive covenants are registered at the Land Registry against the freehold title.

"The covenants were imposed by conveyances of land, including the Tesco property, completed in the late 1800s.

"It is Tesco's opinion that its use of the property for a convenience store is not affected."

The application for a liquor licence will be discussed by North Somerset Council's licensing sub-committee on January 27.

Today (Thurs), councillors are due to debate whether to allow the store to open from 7am-11pm and receive deliveries between 8am-5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, measures that were denied to a Co-operative store across the road.

The original plan to open the shop was opposed by residents and nearby shopkeepers, who say a Tesco Express would kill off other shops.

People have also objected to the new applications, saying extending the opening hours beyond those of the Co-operative would create noise late at night, while the money dispenser would be a crime risk.

Weston town councillor Jos Holder, who lives less than 100 yards from the site, in Severn Road, said: "The wishes of everybody in the area have already been overlooked and if they get their way again it will be even worse.

"If Tesco cares about the community so much, why doesn't it take notice of it?

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