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TESCO IN STOKES CROFT: Public Meeting at 7pm on 8th February Hamilton House. Agenda: To organise a co-ordinated response.

February 4, 2010

Tesco is worryingly close to setting up shop on Stokes Croft – at the old Jesters.

Please come to a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 8 Feb at Hamilton House’s Events Space to find out how to help prevent this and explore what the community does want. Even if you do not live in or near Stokes Croft – please do come along to show your support for the need for Bristol City Council to support, not wipe out local communities. Your community could be next!

Bristol City Council have already granted Change of Use planning permission on the basis that they consulted the local community by:

1) Sending letters to 55 neighbouring residents (and received zero responses)
2) Sticking one A4 notification on a nearby lampost stipulating that Change of Use had been applied for (by an outside contractor)
3) Publishing one line at the back of the Evening Post under Statutory Notifications

This is an absolute outrage…

Apparently this does adhere to the legal requirements for consultation for planning permission. However, we still have the opportunity to challenge it and we are looking into this (boring ourselves silly with planning policy) to see on what grounds we can fight it.

This is our community and collectively we have the power to stop this.
This is a fight Tescos will not win – as long as ALL OF US get together and show our collective might.

Please do come along your voice is immensely important …

If you are in any doubt as to who Tesco are, and how they operate, watch this Dispatches documentary.

The Mirror ran this on Saturday, 30th January.

Even the Sun is picking up on public antipathy toward Tesco’s attitude toward the public.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. beratebedminster permalink
    February 5, 2010 12:43 am

    Good luck. See our website for some resources, but it looks like fairly inevitable.


  2. February 9, 2010 12:19 pm

    Had to work late yesterday and couldn’t make the meeting but agree that this is an outrage and a wholely unwelcome addition to stokes croft. Keep away you greedy immoral b*st*rds.

  3. Olf permalink
    February 17, 2010 12:27 pm

    Unfortunately It’s not illegal for Tesco to set up shop, they are not a monopoly. The only way that us as a community can act against this is by boycotting the shop and continue to trade with the current stores in and around the area.
    The real test will be in 6 months time when you have to make the choice do I pop into tescos for a pint of milk or walk that extra five minutes to Lattuca’s. We’ve got to make a long term resolution.
    The community will ultimately decide with our wallets, not our placards.


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