Council urged to say ‘No’ to Tesco

Surrey Today

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 09:00

Judy Smale from SAVE – Video message to Councillors

Anti Tesco campaigners are urging councillors to vote against supermarket plans next week.

This comes after planning officers at Mole Valley District Council recommended that proposals to build a supermarket at the former Esso site be approved.

The final decision will now be made by councillors at next Wednesday’s development control committee meeting.

Gillian Russell is from Save Ashtead’s Village Environment (SAVE) which has gathered more than 5,500 signatures against the proposal and received more than 1,000 letters of objection.

She said: “They stress that it is a choice for our councillors who will be voting on our behalf, and that in making that choice our councillors are able to recognise the overwhelming desires of the villagers.

“SAVE thus calls upon the councillors, as our representatives, to reflect this opposition and reject the proposal.”

Paul Le Versha, the chairman of the Ashtead Residents’ Association, added: “If agreed, this proposed development will fundamentally change the character of our village centre and be a major milestone in the process of creeping urbanisation from which we are already suffering…