BP and Aldi battle city council over booze sales

BP is taking action against the council over its Kingsway West station.

DUNDEE City Council is set to begin legal battles against two major companies next week.

The local authority’s legal team will lock horns with BP and Aldi at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday over recent objections on the sale of alcohol.

BP had applied to increase the size of the area selling alcohol at its Kingsway West petrol station from two square metres to more than eight. But the board rejected that and now the decision will be brought up in court.

Meanwhile, Aldi has resorted to similar court action to try to overturn a decision to deny its planned new supermarket on Myrekirk Road a licence to sell alcohol.

As reported previously in the Tele, members of Dundee council’s licensing board rejected Aldi’s bid due to an “overprovision” of alcohol in the city.

Councillor David Bowes, licensing board chairman, said BP’s bid had been rejected for the same reason.

He said: “It came under the overprovision rule that we have in place. We currently have 452 licences in the area of the Lochee ward – 319 are on-sales and 133 off-sales — and we felt this bid would be an overprovision.

“The garage already has some space to sell alcohol anyway and we didn’t see a good reason to allow it to be expanded. There are no hard and fast rules that we have. We take each case on its own merit.”

Mr Bowes said the decision was not due to any concerns about potential drink-driving.

He added: “I don’t think it was really about that, although some members may have felt that way, but it was more about the overprovision in the area that it came under. I can’t see anyone driving up to the garage to buy a bottle of wine to drink going up the road.”

Mr Bowes said he couldn’t predict which way the cases would go and added: “I have no idea what will happen in the cases. From my perspective, the health board gave us statistics a while back which give an overview of health in Dundee and we want to help towards it.”

A spokesman for Dundee council said: “We don’t comment on ongoing legal matters.”

A spokesman for Aldi said: “I can confirm we have lodged an appeal against the decision.”

BP was approached for comment but has yet to respond.