POLICE are opposing an application from Sainsbury’s to sell alcohol at their supermarket in Brampton Road for 18 hours a day.

Bexley Councillors sitting on the licensing sub-committee will decide on Wednesday whether the supermarket’s application to serve alcohol between 6am and midnight, seven days a week, should get the go ahead.

Responding to the application, Bexley Police propose the premises license should only allow alcohol sales between 7am and 11pm, in line with other outlets in the area.

A letter from the police to the licensing sub-committee reads: “The premises in question are in a predominantly residential area, which already has the benefit of a similar licensed premises within the same run of retail outlets.

“Serious considerations should be given to the hours that the premise are open to the public in order to ensure that residents are protected from any potential impact of extended licensing hours.”

Two Brampton Road homeowners have also objected to the application, suggesting litter is already a problem in the vicinity of the shop.

They also voice concerns about increased public nuisance and point out several other premises nearby already sell alcohol late into the night.