Sainsbury’s restricted over opening hours

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SAINSBURY’S has been refused a licence to operate around the clock at a new supermarket to be opened in Ecclesall Road.

Councillors restricted opening hours to between 9am and 10pm every day after protests from local residents.

Alcohol can also be sold during these times. The company had asked for permission to sell drink between 6am and midnight.

Steve Lonnia, the council’s acting head of licensing, said: “The licensing committee took note of all the representations that had been made and the evidence presented to them at the hearing before determining to grant the licence for reduced hours based on the promotion of the licensing objectives.”

Sainsbury’s is preparing to open a supermarket as part of a development next to a Texaco petrol station at the Banner Cross end of Ecclesall Road. It will be below flats.

Councillors received 35 letters and emails opposing the application, many concerned about late night disturbance, the traffic implications and the impact on existing traders.

Two Ecclesall Road residents said: “Sale of alcohol and 24 hour trading will cause similar issues to restaurants and drinking establishments, in that cars and taxis will be constantly pulling up and slamming doors, which is not acceptable late at night immediately opposite housing.”