Fund to stop Tesco’s controversial planning application in Ashtead gains momentum… and £10,000

Epsom Guardian

8:30am Sunday 9th May 2010
By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

The fund launched last week to fight the appeals by Tesco against the refusals of two applications to build a supermarket in Ashtead has raised more than £10,000.

Last week the Epsom Guardian reported how Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA) and campaigning group Save Ashtead Village Environment (Save) had launched a joint appeal for help with the costs of a planning specialist and a barrister, to represent “residents’ interests”.

Paul Le Versha, chairman of the ARA said: “We have been very encouraged by the level of support we have received for this initiative. The target is a demanding one and the time available is short but we are determined to give it our best shot, as the outcome of the public inquiry will have a major impact upon the character of our village…