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Well, we did it! Tesco have formally confirmed that they are pulling out of their scheme to open a shop in Clarendon Park. You can read the latest news article about the No-To-TESCO campaign.
Mags Lewis, with other Clarendon Park residents, was very active in the 'No to Tesco' campaign against a proposed Tesco Express on Queen's Road.
The campaign began when Tesco sent out a letter to Clarendon Park residents explaining that they were going to be opening a new Tesco Express in the old Barclay's Bank site on Queen's Road.
Numerous events took place to gather support for a campaign to oppose this proposal, including a stall at the Clarendon Park Christmas market.
After hearing evidence from local residents, the Council refused to give Tesco permission to open an ATM and put an air conditioning unit, plant and chiller unit in the car park, which effectively meant that they were unable to open their store. Tesco appealed the decision in January 2015 and the Planning Inspector dismissed the appeals relating to the ATM and air conditioning units due to the number of deliveries it would require. The 'Tescno' campaigners were disappointed that the chiller unit and parking spaces were not thought to be problematic but they were very pleased the Inspector accepted that highways issues were key. Finally, on 19th May 2015, Tesco confirmed that they were pulling out of their scheme to open a store on Queens Road.
Mags Lewis, Green Party Member, and one of the leading campaigners, said:
“We would not have achieved this success if it was not for the support and hard work of our great community. This support, and the fact that nearly 3000 signed the original petition, meant the council were in no doubt of our views, and helped them be brave enough to refuse Tesco permission, as the plans would have caused highway chaos. These decisions were then upheld by the Independent Planning Inspector. We now hope the building can be brought back into use as a vibrant local business, as soon as possible”
Whilst we have won this particular fight, we want to ensure the skills we have gained can be utilised and shared by the community and beyond, so have set up a constituted body called “the Friends of Clarendon Park”.
FOCP has grown out of the Tesco Campaign group and has been set up to build on that work, spreading good news, working with other groups, and coordinating community views about any potential developments in the area. If you want to join, please contact Mags at email@example.com
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