Market Deeping Tesco gets alcohol licence extension

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A supermarket will be able to sell alcohol for longer after its licence was extended.

South Kesteven District Council approved Tesco’s application to extend the opening hours and alcohol licence for its store in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, on Friday last week.

The store will now be able to sell beer, wine and spirits from 6am to midnight, seven days a week.

The supermarket firm has said it is not planning to increase regular opening hours, but would use the extended licence to open longer during holiday periods such as Christmas.

Kevin O’Neill, 68, of Beech Close, Market Deeping, submitted a petition containing 554 signatures opposing the licence application to the council.

He said the longer opening hours would lead to more anti-social behaviour and litter around the store.

But councillors voted to approve the extension, saying they were confident Tesco’s alcohol sale policies would prevent any increase in behaviour problems.

Mr O’Neill thanked all those who signed his petition for their support.