Plans afoot for a 14th Tesco in Reading. Near the proposed 13th on the Oxford Road.
While they plan a huge new distributuion centre.
A few years ago (the previous general election) when they wanted to build a huge Tesco on the Oxford Rd, despite another one of similar size a mile away, we were the only ones opposing this disasterous development
All the other parties either though it was a good idea, or though Tesco was simply too big to oppose. At Council meetings there was not a single voice from the Tory, Lab or LD against them. Most Cllrs thought it would even bring more shoppers to the area. How wrong they were.
I predicted that small shops would close and traffic would get worse. And unfortunately I was correct. Since then many more Tescos have opened, though now all politicians speak of protest, they seem incapable of stopping the leviathan. They should try harder.
There are ways. Give the monopolies comission some teeth. Make the planners respond to what people want, not just who has the most money.
Foe some previous campaigns:
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