A COMMUNITY group has objected to plans to base a service in a residential street that promises to deliver shopping, including alcohol, via bike within 28 minutes.

The Bullingdon Road Neighbourhood Watch has formally opposed a licensing application by 8DOL for a property on the corner of Cowley Road and Bullingdon Road.

Katherine Miles, coordinator for the group, which was created last year, said residents were concerned about the sale of alcohol, though the application states it is for sale ‘off premises’.


The corner of Cowley Road and Bullingdon Road. Picture via Google Maps

She added: “We are not opposed to it in principle and welcome the investment by 8DOL in the city but its the location we have a problem with.

"There's no need for it to be on a residential street.

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"There is also worries over parking by the bikes and what affect that will have on road safety, which is already a problem there."

Billed as a ‘cloud supermarket’ the company, which is similar to takeaway service Deliveroo, has been running in China since 2013 with now more than three million users.

It has been brought to the UK by Alfie Porter, 21, and Craig Moore, 29, who started trading as 8DOL UK in Bournemouth in September.


Alfie Porter and Craig Moore. Picture supplied by 8DOL

Speaking last month, Mr Porter said they had chosen to be based off Cowley Road due to the app service, which offers everything from alcohol and snacks to iPhone chargers and paracetamol, is student-orientated.

He added: “We wanted Oxford to be one of the first cities we open in, it has a great love of bikes and its student heritage is well known."

The licensing application for the sale of alcohol Sunday to Saturday between 8am and 11pm, states: "The alcohol is stored at the premises and then picked for customers when the order is processed.

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"Delivery is made and if it contains alcohol will only be delivered to a person at the address who is over the age of 18. Alcohol will not be left at the unless it is accepted by a person over the age of 18."

No date is currently listed on the Oxford City Council's licensing page but Mr Porter previously said he hoped to launch in Oxford as soon as the end of March.

Despite the local concerns things are moving forward with preparations to bring 8DOL to the city, with a warehouse manager position currently advertised on the company's website as well as roles for riders.