Councillors oppose plans for extended opening hours at new Royston Tesco Express store
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Plans by a supermarket chain to extend opening hours for its new store opening in Royston have come under fire from councillors.
Tesco is planning to open a new Express convenience store in a new building currently being constructed in Market Hill, Royston.
When planning permission was granted for the building, opening hours were restricted to 8am-9pm, but Tesco is seeking to have these extended to 7am-11pm Monday-Saturday, and 8am-9pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
However, members of Royston Town Council’s planning committee voiced their opposition to any change to the permitted hours.
Speaking at a meeting on Monday, Cllr F John Smith said: “I don’t think I agree that this store should be open every day of the week, especially when Tesco already has another store in the town which is open all night.”
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Planning officers from North Herts District Council have recommended the change of hours be rejected, and Cllr Smith added: “I am with the district council on this one, things should be left as they are.”
Cllr Jon Davison added: “This is the fifth or sixth planning application relating to this shop, and I suspect it won’t be the last.”
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An opening date has yet to be announced for the store, which is set to create 20 jobs.