MP signs petition against Tesco coming to Ashtead

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By Guy Martin – January 07, 2010

Judy Smale, Gillian Russell ('SAVE Spokeperson') Local MP Chris Grayling and Sue Williams

ASHTEAD’S MP Chris Grayling has joined more than 4,500 other people in signing a petition opposing Tesco’s latest plans for a new store in the village.

He has spoken out against the revised proposals for a supermarket in The Street, submitted after the rejection of a 1,115sq-m development in March.

Tesco has already had to accept errors in the new application, admitting the plans were for a 24% smaller store rather than 32% as it had stated.

Now it faces opposition from Mr Grayling, the shadow home secretary having also opposed the earlier plans.

“I have got a number of concerns,” he told the Surrey Advertiser.

“The biggest one is that Tesco are putting forward plans for a site in Ashtead while they do so for a separate site two miles away in [Upper High Street] Epsom.

Mr Grayling described this as a “huge and unnecessary”…