Asda gets drinks’ licence

Supermarket giant, Asda, which plans to open in Soham next month, has been given the go-ahead to sell booze until midnight.

East Cambridgeshire District Council last week approved an application from Asda to allow the sale of alcohol for up to 18 hours per day, seven days a week, from the store in Clay Road, which it is taking over from Budgens.

Budgens is currently open from 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays, but is licensed to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm from Monday to Sunday.

Resident, Geoffrey Woollard, of St Andrews Road, had opposed Asda’s application. He spoke against it at last month’s meeting of Soham Town Council and told the Journal he felt it could lead to “late night disorder.”

In a letter to Mr Woollard informing him of the council’s decision, licensing officer, Lin Bagwell said because a premises licence already existed for Budgens to sell alcohol it could be transferred to Asda without a full consultation. She added that no licensing hearing was necessary to determine the application but residents were encouraged to report any future anti-social incidents to the appropriate authorities.