We are expecting plans for a patrol station and store on the corner of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue to be approved at the April meeting of the South Planning Committee. One of the concerns of the committee was opening hours, with some members feeling it should not be open 24 hours.
The people who responded to my online poll largely disagree.
There are disadvantages to 24 hour opening. The main disadvantage will be to immediate neighbours who might be disturbed by vehicle noise or alcohol fuelled revelry, particularly at Meadow View. Those who need a loaf of bread, pint of milk or medication in the early hours will find 24 opening a convenience. Whether there is a business case for non-stop opening is a matter for the store.
Light pollution shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The forecourt lights will be dimmed overnight and will brighten when cars drive on the forecourt.
There is probably a case for 24 hour or extended sales of fuel. Not many people are around at 3am in the morning (I know this as a frequent insomniac). But people are out and about at 5am, going off to work or on holiday.
Some people are concerned about 24 hour serving of alcohol. I haven’t heard that there are plans for that but the store is within walking distance of the main pubs. Revellers might see it as a venue for a drunken top up. Alcohol sales hours are controlled by licence as well as by planning permission. My view is that midnight would be a good time to stop selling alcohol.
Personally, I think 24 hour opening for the petrol station and store, with a midnight to 7am restriction on alcohol sales, is right for this site.
Three-quarters of you agree that the petrol station should be open 24 hours (336 people voted). You are less keen on the convenience store being open 24 hours, with just short of two in three voting in favour.
I’ll be passing on these results to the South Planning Committee.
New Poll: should Ludlow police station close?
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