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Felixstowe: One week left to Tesco consultation deadline

08:00 22 February 2013

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An artist's impression of the new Tesco superstore at Walton Green - villagers in Trimley St Mary are worried about the traffic the development will generate.

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PEOPLE wanting to protest over proposals for a new Tesco superstore at Felixstowe have just one week left to give their views.

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Walton Green

The proposed development comprises:

■ A 30,000sq ft Tesco foodstore

■ 170 to 200 new homes

■ 17 business units

■ Cafe

■ Three live/work units

■ Allotments

■ Community building

■ Demolition of the rifle club and range

Consultation closes on February 28 though it is not yet known when Suffolk Coastal, which may seek independent analysis of the submitted retail impact assessment, will make a final decision on the development.

Campaigners are calling on residents to make their views known and to write a strong letter of protest to councillors letting them know how they feel about the project for the 30-acre Walton Green site in Walton High Street.

While Tesco says the 30,000sq ft supermarket will claw back millions of pounds spent outside the resort at edge-of-Ipswich stores and give the town centre a boost, those against are not convinced.

Action group Walton Felixstowe Community First believes the superstore will have the opposite effect, causing large scale job losses, closure of businesses, and traffic chaos.

Roy Gray, of WFCF, said: “It’s been a huge task to deliver leaflets to every household but we believe this is a really important issue and people should know what is happening and have their say.

“Although the council might not make a decision for months yet, the chance to give a view closes on February 28.”

WFCF said people’s objections must be based on planning law, otherwise they will not be considered, and its leaflet gives details of what topics to cover.

The group fears the project will create traffic congestion, especially with the new Felixstowe Academy entrance opposite, lead to noise and light pollution Ascot Drive, High Road and Treetops residents, and is against policy, using a greenfield site and grade one farmland.

Its biggest concerns though are the potential impact on the town centre with Tesco already admitting it will deprive town centre stores of £4m in takings.

But Tesco said its new store will also bring between £2m and £3m to the town centre through people doing their food shop at Walton Green and then going into Hamilton Road to buy other day-to-day household items they would have bought out-of-town.

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  • What aload of rubbish tescos are talking about how their new store will bring in between £2m to £3m into the town centre through people doing their food shop there then going into Hamilton road to buy other day to day household items . They already admit they will take millions away from it you can't have it both ways. And it is just the shops on Hamilton road that will be serious hit by this oversized supermarket but all shops in Felixstowe , Walton and Trimley villages. All tesco are trying to do is make out they care about what happens in Felixstowe , Walton, and the Trimley villages to try and get premisson to build there store. But they don't care about them and our community all they care about is making as much money for themselves as possible . They can nothing about other business in town. Greedy that all they care about.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • You know how the Conservatives promised local people would have more of a say in development, well you can have your say BUT they won't take any notice of it.

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • If one reads the runes, as I do, it becomes obvious that, like every empire, Tesco is in decline. The decline will be gradual for a few years, and then terminal. Why, you ask? I have no idea, except that recent events show that the company is out of control, and it is on a slippery downward slope. In my opinion, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Solar all offer much better products in a much more friendly environment. Shopping at Tesco is, somehow, a chore. Again, I don't really know why, but I have always felt that their choice of corporate colours reinforced their undoubted low quality and "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" philosophy. Right....rant nearly over....I'll not bother to use Tesco unless I absolutely have to, and all this fuss about their coming to Walton is getting on my nerves.

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Can't see what C Smith is getting at?? Presumably he's against the Tesco and fears it will be approved, so he's stating they don't listen to HIM?? Well I'm all for it, so if they approve it, surely they are listening to local people - or are there two types of local people?

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, February 22, 2013

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