Tesco crush puny resistance of seaside village
Tesco really like the seaside town of Sheringham. They like it so much that they have been battling with it for 14 years in an attempt to build a supermarket there.
The residents of the Norfolk town, who number just over 7,000 people, have been protesting about the construction of a proposed Tesco store since 1996. They really don't like the idea of Tesco Value Beans or something.
Earlier this year, they were under the impression that they had thwarted the shopping giant after officials opted for a community project run by a local farmer instead. However, Tesco aren't to be written off and they submitted a new plan in August which was today narrowly approved by North Norfolk District Council.
During a meeting which lasted almost six hours and saw more than 20 members of the public provide testimonies, it is reported that councillors voted 8-7 to give the Tesco supermarket the go-ahead. They had been level-pegging at 7-7, until development committee chairman Simon Partridge voted in favour of the retail giant, prompting locals to mutter libellous comments under their breath.
Council leader Virginia Gay said, once people had stopped sniggering at her name: "For this council, this has always been a matter of dealing with the applications on planning grounds. Our concern, as it is in all planning matters, has been to do our best to make sure Sheringham gets the right development in the right place. That's what has led to today's decision, so that Sheringham finally gets a store that is appropriate to its needs."
Of course, loads of people who don't give a frig about the morals of a shop will be delighted that they can get cheap shopping in now. Unless, of course, they live in one of the many flats that will be knocked down to make way for the new supermarket.
That said, a new fire station and community centre and a total of 14 affordable homes will also be built and Tesco has guaranteed £1.2million in funding towards the extra housing.