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No cheers for Aldi as residents oppose alcohol licence

Supermarket chain wants to replace the current Poundland store in Holloway Road

23 February, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

ALDI is facing resistance from local residents and a ward councillor to selling alcohol at a proposed new store in Archway.

The supermarket chain has applied for an alcohol licence, hoping to replace the current Poundland store in Holloway Road.

However, councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz, a Junction ward councillor and executive member for community development, has objected.

The store is located in a “cumulative impact area” – which means there are already a significant number of licensed premises in one area.

Cllr Comer-Schwartz pointed this out and added: “We also have a high number of vulnerable people in the area due to local hostels and [a] hospital. We have persistent issues with street drinking, ASB (anti-social behaviour) and crime. We also have a lot of issues with street litter related to off-licensed premises.

“Additionally, we have two secondary schools and three primary schools and a children’s centre in close proximity.

“While I understand that Aldi provides value for money groceries, we already have a Tesco, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Iceland in close proximity.”

A representative of Better Archway Forum said: “While Aldi is recognised as offering good value food, something which we believe will be welcomed by residents, we are doubtful that it would be wise to agree the premises also selling alcohol given the plentiful supply of off-licences in the area already.”

Better Archway Forum suggested a “trade” of licences, with another premises not using their licence. Three other local residents also objected.

A spokeswoman for Aldi said their stores do not trade without an alcohol licence.

A decision will be made by the Town Hall’s licensing sub-committee on Monday.


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