Tesco gets the go-ahead to open in town centre

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A Tesco Express store is set to open in Newmarket High Street later this year after it was granted a licence to sell alcohol yesterday.

The new store, which will be in the premises formerly occupied by WH Smith, will create around 24 new jobs.

There were objections to the application to sell alcohol daily from 6am to 11pm from Newmarket Town Council and two residents who believed it could add to late night disorder in the town centre.

Wendy Howell, of The Avenue, told the three-man panel of the Licensing Act 2003 sub committee, “The residents on the High Street suffer greatly from people creating an awful noise and bad behaviour. We suffer exceedingly anti-social behaviour from clubbers already. “At five to 11 someone can buy a couple of bottles of wine and then what happens? All hell will break loose.”

Jeremy Bark, for Tesco, told the panel that at the store’s branch in Ascot, security staff were taken on during Royal Ascot week, to guard against disorder and it was something they might look into at the new Newmarket store.

Panel member Cllr Roger Dicker told the applicants: “It is well known that when people go racing they get tanked up. I would expect you to realise what goes on in the town in terms of horse racing.”