Hotel bid to block Tesco

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A group of Boston Spa residents are putting together a business plan to block a supermarket bid to open a Tesco in a former hotel in the village.

A group of eight local businessmen have teamed up to put forward their business plan to save the Georgian-listed building- the former Crown Hotel, on Boston Spa’s High Street.

Businessman Paul Martin, 52, of Boston Spa, told the News this week the group had made a formal approach to Enterprise Inns- the national pub chain which currently owns The Crown Hotel, to create a premium small hotel with a restaurant and bar facilities. Last month the News reported an application had been sent to Leeds City Council to convert The Crown Hotel into a small convenience store by supermarket giant Tesco.

The controversial plans have seen more than 1,400 people object to the scheme- and has led to a ‘Say no to Tesco’ action group set up in the village.

Mr Martin told the News this week: “We strongly feel that the village needs to retain its only hotel and we can raise the funds necessary to create a thriving hotel, restaurant and bar.” Turn to page seven.