A PETITION with more than 3,000 signatures opposing plans for a new Tesco store was hand delivered to the supermarket giant’s head office last week.
Members of the ‘Keep Tesco out of Woburn Sands’ campaign travelled to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire to hand over the petition in an attempt to stop a Tesco Express opening up in the town.
Back in November, Woburn Sands Town Council vowed to fight the decision resulting in Zens Chinese restaurant closing and selling the lease on its High Street site to Tesco.
Gillian Stackpole, of the Woburn Sands Business Community Association, travelled to Tesco HQ with fellow campaigners Tony Armstrong, Peter Boon, Kevin Bishop and Keith Temple to hand over the petition in person.
She said: “It’s a case that we don’t need them and we don’t want them. It’s not just because it’s Tesco – I’m sure we’d fight against a Sainsbury’s or a Marks & Spencer as well.
“We want to keep the small town feel that Woburn Sands has, and we want to keep the high street as independent as possible.
“The traffic will be a nightmare, it will cause all sorts of problems for residents in Downham Road.”
Planning permission has been sought by Tesco to change the layout of the building, including knocking down the rear wall to incorporate a bigger car park to alleviate potential car parking problems.
Councillor David Hopkins, deputy leader of Milton Keynes Council, added that there was little the council could do in the way of formally blocking Tesco’s attempts at setting up in Woburn Sands, unless its planning proposals come up short.