A curious selection of Anti-Tesco letters have appeared in this weeks Tenbury Advertiser. I do wonder if the people who wrote them attended the Northern area planning meeting and if they did, I wonder if they listened, or perhaps they were too busy hurumphing and heckling!
The Council Officers (and Solicitor) where absolutely correct in stopping Cllrs citing Traffic & Vitality in their rejection.
I'm sure the letter writers are both acknowledged experts as retail analysts and traffic management consultants, but the truth is, the "expert" opinion which the Council has to consider (rather than any amount of armchair experts) say that the development will not cause an undue increase in traffic congestion and will not harm the overall vitality of the town.
The continued claim that the majority of the town's population is against the development, also does stack up. Yes the majority of the people who wrote to the planning officer are against the scheme, but this is what the process allows. It isn't an X-Factor voting system. It allows people with genuine objections to raise them with the planning officer.
I also do not believe that the majority of the people at the meeting were opposed to Tesco. The attendees fell into three camps.
1. Opposed in principle to Tesco or and major supermarket.
2. Opposed to the scheme as presented.
3. In favour of the scheme as presented.
I would accept that camp 3 had the fewest followers.
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