Alcohol licence given to Tangmere premises

A retail firm has been given the go-ahead to sell alcohol at a new store in Tangmere.

Co-operative Food Group was given permission to sell alcohol at a new store to be created in Tangmere, on the site of the Bader Arms pub.

The application was approved at a meeting of Chichester District Council’s licensing and gambling acts sub-committee last Friday.

Three objections from residents were received.

They were concerned alcohol sales would lead to anti-social behaviour.

The licence means the store will be allowed to trade from 6am-11pm each day of the week and also sell alcohol from 6am-11pm throughout the week.

A total of 17 jobs would be created, both full and part time.

Richard Arnot of the legal firm Wardhadaway representing Co-op Food Group said it anticipated the store would open in September-October time and the hours proposed fitted in with its purpose of being a convenience store.

Mr Arnot said the Co-Op was a very experienced retailer and staff underwent rigorous training procedures, which included refresher training on alcohol sales every six months.

The store would have a 16-camera CCTV system with conditions agreed with the police.

It also had age prompt tills, and a challenge 25 policy, while refusals of alcohol sales would be recorded on electronic log.

These were monitored at a local and national level.

Mr Arnot said: “Our typical customer is a middle-aged woman and if she doesn’t feel comfortable she won’t come to us.

“That gives us another reason to ensure policies and procedures are in place.”

Objector Peter Lawrence said the pub’s closure was the removal of a community facility and that alcohol sales could affect crime in the area.

“Young people will cluster around the shop and there is nothing the applicants can do. If you give them a lit area at night they will use it.

“It doesn’t impact on actual crime but does impact on people’s fear of crime.”

Mr Arnot told the meeting police did not consider there was a youth drinking problem, with officers only dealing with three such occasions in four years.