Tesco campaigners gear up for final fight

Campaigners are urging residents to object to Tesco's proposals to partially close Trafalgar Street West in a bid to stop the development from going ahead.
Campaigners are urging residents to object to Tesco's proposals to partially close Trafalgar Street West in a bid to stop the development from going ahead.

Campaigners are gearing up for their final battle against Scarborough’s multi-million pound Tesco superstore.

A public consultation over a crucial road closure which has stalled the construction of the Dean Road development was launched last week.

The supermarket giant is hoping the Department of Transport will grant permission to partially close Trafalgar Street West so work can finally begin.

Now, Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store (STATS) is urging residents to attend a public meeting this week, where the group will encourage people to object to the scheme.

The group’s chairman, Malcolm Short, said: “We will be outlining our plans for opposing the road closure and offering advice on how to object to this. We will also be organising letter signing days to give more opportunities for people to object to this idea.

“Having spoken to a great number of local people, I have not come across one person who agrees it should be closed. In addition a large number of people do not know they can or how to object. We want to reach as many people as possible and help them in the process.”

The Government consultation is allowing residents 28 days to comment on the proposals, which will see part of the street closed off and traffic re-routed onto adjoining main roads.

Tesco spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems said last week: “The partial road closure affects about a third of Trafalgar Street West which will mean a reduction in through traffic for residents and we’ve made sure that resident parking is unaffected.”

The draft stopping up order and plan can be viewed at Scarborough Library. Comments will need to be made to the National Transport Case Work Team in Newcastle.

The STATS public meeting is being held at St Columbus Church Hall on Thursday (March 21) at 7pm.