Protest group goes on march over new store

Artist's impression of Tesco store
Artist's impression of Tesco store

PROTESTERS against plans for a new Tesco superstore in Scarborough have vowed to march on the Town Hall.

The protest, which is set to take place on Thursday, has been timed to coincide with a meeting of Scarborough Council’s planning and development committee.

Organiser Malcolm Short, chairman of the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, said: “We’ve had 5,000 leaflets printed.

“We want the planning and development committee to see us in numbers.”

Members of the public can meet at noon at the Corporation Club in Dean Road.

After setting off 15 minutes later, protesters will progress through town, ending up at the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street.

The decision over whether to grant planning permission to Tesco was recently put back until the summer, but Mr Short said he hopes the move will work in the group’s favour. The application will be heard at the same time as Sainsbury’s proposal to expand their Falsgrave Road supermarket.

“We’re gathering more support all the time,” Mr Short said. “Our petition now has more that 2,500 signatures.”

The Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group opposes a supermarket so close to the town centre and the closure of Trafalgar Street West.

They claim it will have a devastating impact on small, local retailers and will cause traffic chaos in the town centre. The group claims at least 12 wagons will deliver to the store every day, in addition to 450 vehicles per hour entering or leaving the shop.

Tesco have said that their proposals, if they get the go-ahead, would revitalise a neglected area of Scarborough and attract more people into the town.

The supermarket chain would also create 350 new jobs in Scarborough, half of which would be offered to the long-term unemployed. The 200 staff members who currently work in the Westwood store would be transferred to the new Dean Road branch.

The Westwood store will most likely be sold for housing development.

After consultation events with members of the public and talks with the Scarborough Urban Space Group, Tesco will release updated plans for the site.