John Denham has confirmed he will be speaking at a public meeting arranged by angry local residents left voiceless over Tesco’s coming to their area.
The meeting will be on Tuesday 26th March, at 7pm, at All Hallow’s Church Hall on Witts Hill, Southampton. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The proposed new Tesco Express store in Witts Hill, Southampton, is due to open in the next 2 months. However, local campaigners are against the new store because of concerns it could make a damaging impact to traders and residents.
There is currently a vibrant campaign against the hours Tesco have applied for to sell alcohol (between 6am and midnight). Mr Denham has echoed campaigner’s concerns that these long hours are out of place in the community worried about knock-on effects of anti-social behaviour, and that a third off-license in the same street is unnecessary.
Ever since the Castle Pub, which was located on the site now owned by Tesco, closed down, Mr Denham has raised the number of pubs turned into convenience stores across the UK. The Castle Pub even became the symbol of a CAMRA campaign in 2012.
Tuesday’s public meeting will include speakers from local businesses, residents and Mr Denham. It is also hoped CAMRA and a representative from Tesco plc will attend.
Mr Denham said:
“Tesco have put up signs in Midanbury saying they are working with the local community. Tuesday will be an opportunity for Tesco to listen to the concerns of residents and discuss if Tesco can be a good neighbour to businesses and residents in the area. If Tesco are unable to attend, then I will be sending on feedback from the meeting to them and we will expect a response.”