Helensburgh’s Co-operative Food store has been granted permission to include alcohol purchases in its home deliveries.

The Sinclair Street supermarket was one of five Co-ops in Argyll and Bute which asked the area’s licensing board for permission to vary the terms of its alcohol licence.

Eilidh McGuire, in-house solicitor with applicants Hill Brown Licensing, told the board’s meeting, which was held via video link on Tuesday: “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.

“Alcohol would only be sold between 10am and 10pm.

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“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 of the licensing board and the applications by all five stores – the others are in Bowmore, Lochgilphead, Dunoon and Campbeltown – were unanimously approved.

Each store was also given permission to play background music during and outwith core shopping hours.

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