Councillor Richard Moore opposes alcohol licence extension application by Tesco supermarket at Clifton Moor

Shoppers at the tills at Tesco’s Clifton Moor store in York

Shoppers at the tills at Tesco’s Clifton Moor store in York

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

A SUPERMARKET giant is facing a challenge over plans to increase the times it can sell alcohol at weekends in one of its York stores.

Tesco wants to allow booze to be bought for an extra half-hour on Sundays at its Clifton Moor outlet – although the chain said it will retain its existing opening hours.

It insists the move is to smooth the way for customers who only make it through the checkouts just after its current 4pm closing time, but who currently cannot buy beer, wine and spirits if the clock ticks past this point while they are waiting.

But it has been opposed by Rawcliffe Parish Council and Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without councillor Richard Moore who claims allowing the application – to be discussed at a City of York Council licensing and gambling hearing next week – would betray York’s alcohol-sale policy.

Despite assurances from Tesco that it is not an attempt to extend its opening hours, the objectors said they still intend to fight the extension proposal.

Responding to their concerns in emails which will go before Monday’s hearing, Tesco Stores Ltd licensing manager Greg Bartley said: “The premises will not open for greater than six hours (10am to 4pm) on a Sunday.

“We have requested the ability to sell alcohol until 5pm (now reduced to 4.30pm) to allow customers who have entered the premises before 4pm to continue their shopping, should alcohol be included in their shop. On a normal Sunday, all customers would have completed their shopping by around 4.15pm.

“The request is to take into consideration rare occasions, such as the lead-up to Christmas.”

But Coun Moore said: “I do not accept your assertion that if a customer comes into the store at 3.55pm on a Sunday, they may go through the checkout at 4.15pm, purchasing alcohol.

“This wouldn’t be allowed at a small off-licence, nor should it be allowed in a large supermarket. To try to obtain more time at the end of shopping hours indicates, to me, a lack of consideration for the law.”

A report compiled ahead of the hearing said Tesco’s Tadcaster Road store and the Asda and Sainsbury’s outlets at Monks Cross currently have a 24-hour licence for Sunday opening, although none actually open round the clock.

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9:35am Thu 9 Jul 09

inyourface says...

Get it on Saturday, plan ahead. I don't suppose the council will dare to say no to the mighty tesco
Get it on Saturday, plan ahead. I don't suppose the council will dare to say no to the mighty tesco inyourface
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10:22am Thu 9 Jul 09

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Tesco are acting irresponsibly to be selling booze so cheaply. Regardless of the time of day they are enabling binge drinkers or alcoholics to afford inebriation and subsequent mayhem...
Tesco are acting irresponsibly to be selling booze so cheaply. Regardless of the time of day they are enabling binge drinkers or alcoholics to afford inebriation and subsequent mayhem... Garrowby Turnoff
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11:02am Thu 9 Jul 09

tonezzzznoddedoff says...

Nothing wrong with selling cheap booze its all massively overpriced and overtaxed anyway, its the idiots that missuse it thats the problem.
Nothing wrong with selling cheap booze its all massively overpriced and overtaxed anyway, its the idiots that missuse it thats the problem. tonezzzznoddedoff
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11:07am Thu 9 Jul 09

Henry Swanson says...

Seriousley, why would anyone oppose this?? (unless they have a great deal of spare time on their hands, due I expect to having no friends)...
Tesco should be allowed to sell booze anytime its open, never mind getting a Sunday extention, go for a full 365 24/7.
Its a services that should be availible to all at all times!
Seriousley, why would anyone oppose this?? (unless they have a great deal of spare time on their hands, due I expect to having no friends)... Tesco should be allowed to sell booze anytime its open, never mind getting a Sunday extention, go for a full 365 24/7. Its a services that should be availible to all at all times! Henry Swanson
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12:48pm Thu 9 Jul 09

invisibleman says...

I agree with Henry & Tone. If somebody has a car accident you don't blame the garage that sold the car. Plus shift workers have to be considered, for some leaving work at 6 in the morning is like another leaving work at 6 pm, why should they not be allowed a pint?
I agree with Henry & Tone. If somebody has a car accident you don't blame the garage that sold the car. Plus shift workers have to be considered, for some leaving work at 6 in the morning is like another leaving work at 6 pm, why should they not be allowed a pint? invisibleman
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6:51pm Thu 9 Jul 09

hendom says...

Is it any wonder some people have a negative opinion of local councillors when Richard Moore acts in such a petty and childish manner.
All his action will do is cause frustration and anger towards check out staff.
Which party does he represent? I will make a point of voting against them.
His motives are obviously against any Sunday shopping. Is he religious by any chance?
Is it any wonder some people have a negative opinion of local councillors when Richard Moore acts in such a petty and childish manner. All his action will do is cause frustration and anger towards check out staff. Which party does he represent? I will make a point of voting against them. His motives are obviously against any Sunday shopping. Is he religious by any chance? hendom
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11:48pm Thu 9 Jul 09

Yorkborneinbse says...

A perfectly sound reason for the application, and an unperfect challenge by Richard Moore. I can by Alcohol in other York Supermarkets/Garage forecourts well past 1630 pm.
Its a stupid condition frustrating those who shop at Tescos on a Sunday, and who may have decided a little past Saturday that thet are going to have a bar b q or whatever on the Sunday.
The world is full of do gooders who's unfounded reasoning astounds me.

If I was you Dick, I would spend my energy on seeking what positives have been gained from the reworking of the traffic flows in your area of representation.
Get a life man, get a life !
A perfectly sound reason for the application, and an unperfect challenge by Richard Moore. I can by Alcohol in other York Supermarkets/Garage forecourts well past 1630 pm. Its a stupid condition frustrating those who shop at Tescos on a Sunday, and who may have decided a little past Saturday that thet are going to have a bar b q or whatever on the Sunday. The world is full of do gooders who's unfounded reasoning astounds me. If I was you Dick, I would spend my energy on seeking what positives have been gained from the reworking of the traffic flows in your area of representation. Get a life man, get a life ! Yorkborneinbse
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5:46pm Fri 10 Jul 09

Bemused says...

Garrowby Turnoff, Bishop Wilton says...
10:22am Thu 9 Jul 09

Tesco are acting irresponsibly to be selling booze so cheaply. Regardless of the time of day they are enabling binge drinkers or alcoholics to afford inebriation and subsequent mayhem...

So the rest of us should be penalised because of alcohol abusers? The best way to deal with them is a bit of cold turkey in prison, I assure you it works wonders.
[quote] Garrowby Turnoff, Bishop Wilton says... 10:22am Thu 9 Jul 09 Tesco are acting irresponsibly to be selling booze so cheaply. Regardless of the time of day they are enabling binge drinkers or alcoholics to afford inebriation and subsequent mayhem...[/quote] So the rest of us should be penalised because of alcohol abusers? The best way to deal with them is a bit of cold turkey in prison, I assure you it works wonders. Bemused
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