The Battle is Over!

Saturday 10th January 2015
 

A big thank you to the 30 plus followers who braved the cold to attend our photo shoot (at the soon to be ex-Tesco site), including Cllr Chris Townsend – Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Cllr James Friend – Deputy Leader of Mole Valley, Cllr Simon Ling – Head of the Independents and Cllr Peter Stansfield – Independent.

Followers of SAVE at the soon to be ex-Tesco site in Ashtead Village
Taken Saturday 10th January 2015 by Kenn Jordan Photography

We have been informed that Tesco will be selling the Ashtead site in The Village! Hence there will not be a new Tesco store being built in Ashtead. This is one of 49 new schemes that Tesco has cancelled. Tesco are also closing 43 existing stores.

Tesco say they will work with the local council, in deciding what is best for the site.

The plan to develop the community garden will carry on.

We will let you know as soon as we have any more news.

We would like to thank all our followers who have supported us over the past 7 years.

As always we will keep you informed of any further developments.

Remember you can post any comments below.

With kind regards,

Gillian Russell
B.A, M.Sc. (Oxon.), CQSW, M.Phil. in Town Planning

Spokesperson for SAVE – “Save Ashtead’s Village Environment”

14 thoughts on “The Battle is Over!”

  1. A very hollow victory for many. There are many towns and villages now regretting their xenophobic approach to Tesco plans. My brother lives in Streatham where Tesco has built a fabulous store, a new ice rink and a swimming pool. How many towns are now ruing the objections to such stores which create a real amenity for local people and in the case of Ashtead would have reduced masses of pollution caused by locals driving to Leatherhead. Presumably the site will now end up as residential accommodation and hasten the death of the shopping facilities in town.

  2. Unfortunately this has nothing to do with any campaign just a result of tesco’s cutback’s. There are worse things that could befall Ashtead Village a slow death as has been happening for the last 20years for one

  3. I agree with Linda. This isn’t a victory by any means. The Tesco development would have brought much needed income/footfall to the high street (note the empty shops and closed Leg of Mutton) and after much back and forth it was approved. Who will buy the land? Aldi? Lidl? Is that what precious SAVE wants in the middle of the town? Tesco owns the land and can sell it to whomever they wish. They don’t need to ‘work with the Council’ and the result could be far worse than this over-the-top campaign claims to have achieved.

    1. Jason, what makes you think a Tesco development would have succeeded? Tesco as recent results have shown are in massive decline, have you not read the news?

      1. Tesco’s recent results showed a healthy rise in like for like sales and greatly improved Christmas trading. Have you not read the news? Check your facts before you post!

        1. FACTS!
          Sales over the holiday period were down 0.3% on the year before.

          Overall, comparable sales for the three months to the beginning of January were down by 2.9%.

          In the previous three months, sales had dropped by 5.4%.

          Jason do the above FACTS look like a healthy rise?

          Perhaps you do accounting for Tesco.

          1. Nice picking and choosing, Steve. In FACT, according to their statement:

            Increasingly multichannel Christmas for the retail sector:
            – £450m UK online sales in just six weeks, up 14%
            – Over 3 million online grocery orders, up 11% and 1.5 million online GM orders, up 25% Positive LFL sales growth in Express convenience store business

            So perhaps you can take your snide little remarks and go sit with them in the empty lot on the High Street, or the empty, closed pub at the end of the High Street.

          2. Oh Jason, Jason, Jason… are you really going to quote Tesco’s ONLINE SHOPPING figures? What has that got to do with the brick and mortar stores?

            I know that you think my words and facts are biased, so here’s a quote from your beloved CEO of Tesco, Dave Lewis:

            “As you will have read in the media, our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be. As a result the financial resources we have available for new investment are severely constrained and we have had to critically review all current and future investment decisions.”
            ______________________

            Now Jason, does the above quote and Tesco no longer proceeding with 49 new planned store developments, sound HEALTHY to you?

  4. What if a new owner of the site seeks planning approval for something even worse than Tesco’s apparently now defunct proposal? If that turns out to be the case, let us all hope that MVDC planners and Councillors show a genuine willingness to actually engage with the people of Ashtead and listen to their views. As was so often stated by SAVE and others opposed to the then planned development of the site, it was never a fight against Tesco but an opposition to inappropriate large scale development and all the consequences that would entail for the village.

  5. Many many thanks to all those who worked so hard to stop Tesco building on our village, I’m so excited and grateful that it has finally paid off!

  6. Thank you for passing on this news so quickly … and thank you all for all your work on this.

    I will keep you informed of matters.

    Chris

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