Shoppers in line for a new town centre store

A NEW late-night grocery store is being planned for Morpeth.

The shop, known as Best One, will operate from a unit in Newgate Street, with plans to open from 8am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 5pm on Sundays.

It would also open on bank holidays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

A licence application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council to sell alcohol at the store, and the applicant says staff will be trained to ask for proof of age, notices will be displayed in the shop about age limits and the business will work with police and the community to avoid any potential problems.

It also hopes to sell general groceries, frozen food, dairy products, soft drinks, cards, stationery, cigarettes and confectionery.

Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee have accepted the proposals without objection.

Coun Mark Horton said: “It will be opening later, that’s for sure, but the big concern I would have is the fact that there are going to be people parking outside, day and night. They are already doing so to use the video shop and the chip shop. We will end up with people just fly-parking.”

However, Acting Committee Chairman David Parker said the introduction of civil parking enforcement, controlled by the county council, will address the problem.

He said: “By then we will have civil enforcement and a lot of the cars that usually park in Bridge Street and Newgate Street are going to find themselves moved on.

“I don’t think we can object to this,” he added.

The application will be determined by the county council.