PROTESTERS who have battled against plans for a new supermarket in Dean Road vowed yesterday to continue their fight.
The Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, which collected a 5,500-signature petition against the plans, will now focus on preventing the closure of Trafalgar Street West.
Tesco plan to permanently shut the road to vehicles and will apply to the Department of Transport to do so.
Malcolm Short, chairman of the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, said that 3,000 cars use Trafalgar Street West every day and that if the road was closed, it would result in gridlock in Scarborough town centre.
He added: “We have prepared to fight the closure. The council have referred to Trafalgar Street West as a rat run but it’s a very busy road and a public amenity. If it is closed all it will do is disperse traffic on to main roads with traffic lights.”
Mr Short said that the group’s plans to oppose the road closure would be revealed shortly. He added: “It is not over. Tesco have admitted that if they can’t close Trafalgar Street West they will walk away from the deal.”
Mr Short said that he was disappointed by Thursday’s planning committee decision to pass the plans by five votes to four, but admitted he was not surprised.
“I don’t think the councillors addressed the issues properly,” he said. “They never listened to the residents’ views. They didn’t cover the design and scale of the building. I don’t think they did a proper job.”
He also criticised the fact that one councillor, who left the meeting after an adjournment was called so that youngsters could use the building to rehearse for a nativity, did not return to vote.
The Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group was set up in February to fight the proposed new store which has effectively been given the go-ahead.
In April, the group organised a march from Dean Road to Scarborough Town Hall. It attracted more than 100 people.
The group’s petition, which was taken to Downing Street in September, opposed the building of the Tesco superstore in Dean Road, as well as the proposed closure of part of Trafalgar Street West and installing traffic lights at the junction of Dean Road and Columbus Ravine.
The group’s next meeting will be held in the Corporation Club in Dean Road on Tuesday, beginning at 7:30pm.