Tesco scraps plans for Express store in Herne
Hundreds of people joined
a protest over the planned Tesco Express store
Tesco has dramatically pulled out of plans to
open an Express store in Herne, the Kentish Gazette can reveal.
The supermarket giant today admitted it was
not pushing forward with the controversial scheme, blaming highways
issues in the village.
The news marks the end of a fierce five-month
campaign waged by villagers against the company, which wanted to
open in the empty Upper Red Lion pub.
More than 700 marched in protest at the plans
on Sunday, sending out a clear message that a new store was not
It followed two public meetings held at the
village church which were attended by more than 500 people.
spokesman Carol Leslie said: "We always try and work positively
with local councils and local people before we submit any
"Taking on board all the feedback through our
consultation and discussions, we have decided that we will not be
pursuing a store at this particular site.
"Our Express stores are extremely busy and
popular and we really wanted to invest in the village but it was
clear there were lots of highway constraints for us in Herne."
Frank Holden, chairman of Herne Against Tesco,
was thrilled with the news.
He said: "It's extremely good news. The
biggest issue we always had was the health and safety dangers of
putting a supermarket on that site.
"We're very pleased with the outcome and it
moves us onto stage two, which is about pushing forward and looking
at how we could become involved in the future use of the Upper Red
Tesco revealed it was pulling out on the same day permission was
granted for a new Express store in Sea Street, Herne Bay.
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