Tesco opponents are to demonstrate again

The Dean Road site where the new Tesco is to be built
The Dean Road site where the new Tesco is to be built

OPPONENTS of a proposed Scarborough supermarket development are set to hold a demonstration outside Thursday’s planning meeting when the application is due to be decided.

Malcolm Short, the chairman of the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, said members would be outside Westborough Methodist Church from noon and a spokesman would present their case during the debate.

On Thursday the planning report was published and planning officers have recommended that the proposed Tesco superstore development in Dean Road is approved.

Mr Short said he was disappointed with the recommendation and would be lobbying committee members ahead of the meeting. He added: “We are disappointed but expected it. I fully expected that it was going to happen.”

He added that group members had compiled a five-page report which will be sent to each committee member and he had also requested a recorded vote when the decision was taken. “When they are looking at important issues, like Tesco and Sainsbury’s, it’s important that they should be held to account. It should be open and fully documented.”

Tesco has welcomed the recommendation for approval because it would provide improved choice and convenience to residents. Corporate affairs manager Deborah Hayeems said: “We are pleased that council officers see the benefits that our Dean Road scheme will bring to the town.

“Throughout the project we have been keen to talk with as many people as possible, and because of these discussions a number of changes have been made. We have spent many months consulting with residents, businesses, Scarborough Council and other community stakeholders in order to be able to deliver a scheme that brings as many benefits as possible to Scarborough.”

If approved the new store would create 350 new full and part-time jobs – on top of 200 members of staff who would transfer from the existing Westwood store – with 50 per cent targeted at local residents.