Hawkenbury One Stop remains closed after contamination scare

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Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court

A court is to receive an application for a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order for One Stop in Hawkenbury.

The village’s only mini-supermarket remains closed after the environmental health team of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council made an inspection on Tuesday, April 3.

A council spokesman said: ‘The team served an emergency prohibition notice to close the premises because it was considered that conditions there posed an imminent and significant risk of food contamination.’

Residents are now forced to travel into Tunbridge Wells centre for general amenities.

It has been locally reported that pest control was part of the council’s operation.

Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court is to receive a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order today [Tuesday, April 10].

A spokesman for the council said this was to ensure ‘public safety is protected’ and that it would be ‘inappropriate’ to comment further.

Steve Fuller, owner of Hawkenbury’s A.Fuller Butchers, said: ‘It has been quite disruptive as people rely on that shop for day to day supplies.

‘There has not been a lot of activity outside and we are not sure when it will reopen.’

One Stop is part of an 850-store corner-shop chain that has been owned by Tesco since 2003.

The Times has approached the company for a comment.

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