Whitby Tesco protestors claim victory

The Northern Echo

6:31pm Thursday 29th July 2010
By Andy Walker


CAMPAIGNERS fighting to halt supermarket giant Tesco building a £40m superstore look to have claimed victory – after councillors dramatically threw out the application.

More than 400 members of the public attended a marathon four hour planning meeting this afternoon at which the proposed store, in Whitby, North Yorkshire, was debated.

Almost 4,000 people had signed a petition objecting to Tesco developing the land owned by a group of nuns.

Helen Barker, of the campaign group Whitby Residents Against Tesco (Wrats), called it a “victory for common sense”.

The meeting of Scarborough Borough Council’s planning committee was held at a college to accommodate the large crowd…