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The Campbeltown branch of the Co-op supermarket is one of five across Argyll and Bute which has been given permission to include alcohol in its home deliveries.

The Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Bowmore, Lochgilphead and Dunoon stores had their plans considered by the area’s licensing board at its meeting via Skype on Tuesday.

The proposals, which also included the playing of recorded background music in stores during and outwith core hours, were unanimously approved by the board.

The store chain was seeking an amendment to its licences in order that they could cover ‘the sale of food, non-food items and other household goods, and the provision of ancillary consumer services within and outwith licensed hours’.

The terms of the licence sought by the company continued:  ‘Home deliveries may be provided to customers. Alcohol will only be delivered in terms of and compliance with the relevant provisions of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.’

Eilidh McGuire, in-house solicitor with applicants Hill Brown Licensing, told the board: ‘The first element is to add recorded music to our operating plan. This will bring it in line with other Co-op locations and allow Co-op Radio to be played in store.

‘Home delivery is something the Co-op has been rolling out for some time, and the current [COVID-19] situation has only heightened the need for it. We operate delivery from a number of stores across Scotland.

‘Alcohol would only be sold between 10am and 10pm. Challenge 25 would be enforced at the point of delivery, and alcohol would only be delivered to a person – it would never be left unattended.

‘All drivers will have received two hours of mandatory training to a level that the Co-op are satisfied with.’

No objections were raised by any members of the licensing board and the applications by all five stores were unanimously approved.