Protesters say no to pub Tesco
PLACARD-waving protesters held a demonstration to object to moves to turn a redundant pub in Portishead into a Tesco Express store.
Around 30 campaigners, pictured, lobbied councillors outside the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare before a planning meeting last night.
They also handed councillors a 2,690-name petition against moves by the supermarket giant to turn the former Royal Oak pub into a convenience store open seven days a week until 11pm at night. The retailer plans to open the store, which would create 20 new jobs, in the New Year.
The supermarket giant does not need permission to use the building as a supermarket but it has submitted five planning applications relating to the installation of a cash machine, installing plant at the rear of the building and knocking down a block of garages to build a car park. While the application for new signage and the external alterations to the building have already been approved, plans to demolish the garages are recommended for refusal.
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The cashpoint application was called to North Somerset's north area planning committee by ward councillor David Jolley, amid fears it could encourage people to park on the double yellow lines at West Hill to stop and get cash. Councillors went against an officers' recommendation and refused it.
Chairman of Portishead Tesco Action Group Paul Dunn said: "The fact that councillors said no to the ATM proved they are as concerned as the local residents about the road safety issues it could bring to the area."
Tesco said it was "reviewing its options" after the decision.