Boston Spa launch Say no to Tesco campaign

wet  Pictured from left with the banner are Councillors Tim Baker and Steve Morritt, retailer Neil Hanby, Councillor Angela Windle and resident David Robinson.  (120425M5)
wet Pictured from left with the banner are Councillors Tim Baker and Steve Morritt, retailer Neil Hanby, Councillor Angela Windle and resident David Robinson. (120425M5)
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A campaign has been launched to try to close the doors on Tesco’s plans for an Express store.

Boston Spa Say no to Tesco action group has been formed in a bid to halt the supermarket giant’s move on the Georgian listed Crown Hotel pub.

Spokesman for the group Steve Morritt said: “The local people of Boston Spa can’t understand why they would need another convenience store as they’re already served extremely well by a Cost Cutter, Londis, as well as a local butcher, two bakers and a locally owned paper shop.

“There’s a groundswell of local people who have signed pledges saying ‘No to Tesco‘, with a local action group made up of parish councillors, local business people and residents mobilising a campaign aimed at making it clear to Tesco that they’re not welcome in Boston Spa.”

Tesco organised a drop-in to enable residents to view the conversion plans at the Crown on April 17.

But Mr Morritt said: “The one-off drop in consisted of trying to look at unreadable plans (without magnifying glasses) and listening to people trying calm the populous with platitudes and assurances that they should be welcomed as a contributor of great things to the village.

“Local people can’t see what’s good about multiple lorries each day causing congestion and noise on small village roads and competition which puts local businesses out of business.”

Tesco were unavailable for comment.