Ottery residents flock to anti- Tesco meeting

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:44 14 April 2010

CAMPAIGNERS against proposed supermarket plans in Ottery held a public meeting which attracted more than 150 residents on Friday night.

CAMPAIGNERS against proposed supermarket plans in Ottery held a public meeting which attracted more than 150 residents on Friday night.

Sustainable Ottery (SO) wants to rally residents and shopkeepers in the local area behind its bid to stop Tesco opening a store on part of the town's vacant factory site.

The group enlisted the help of several experienced speakers including Londoner Gay Brown, who has worked closely with national organisation Tescopoly, Tavistock shopkeeper Nigel Eadie, involved in a campaign in which supermarket plans for the town were turned down and Gerald Conyngham, who was recently involved in fighting a Tesco bid in Crediton.

Ottery shopkeepers who feel threatened by the plans will also spoke.

SO member Clive Essame said: "We are not just campaigning negatively against supermarkets. We want to see both the centre of town and the old factory site developed in a way that will truly benefit local residents, businesses and producers, and we are inviting everyone to come and join us in these efforts."

Proposals for a Sainsbury's store will also be discussed.

SO's Helen Collinson added: "We also know that several food shops in Ottery feel just as threatened by a Sainsbury store as they do by Tesco. But we acknowledge that the impact of a supermarket in the centre of Ottery could be different from that of a supermarket on the old factory site which is on the edge of town. This is why we are listening to local people before deciding what action to take on Sainsbury's plans."

Read a full report on the meeting in Friday's Herald.


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