Mole Valley Council could disrupt Tesco’s plans by not letting it use Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park

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7:10am Sunday 5th September 2010
By Paul Teed

Campaigners opposed to a new Tesco in Ashtead have refused to accept a planning inspector’s approval lying down and vowed to continue fighting the supermarket giant.

Villagers said they hoped Mole Valley Council – which twice turned down Tesco’s applications and spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on legal fees during an appeal – would disrupt the chain’s plans by not letting it use the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park.

Planning inspector Nicholas Hammans gave the go-ahead for the new store, in the Street, Ashtead, last week, but imposed a condition that the authority needs to create 74 extra long-stay spaces to reduce the problems of increased on-street parking and ensure adequate room for the supermarket’s customers…