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Lowestoft: Tesco plans to turn historic pub into new supermarket

17:42 19 November 2012

Tramway Hotel Pakefield

Tramway Hotel Pakefield

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OPPONENTS of plans to turn an historic pub into the Lowestoft area’s fourth Tesco store claim there is a “groundswell of opinion” against the company’s “unnecessary expansion” in the town.

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The supermarket giant announced two weeks ago that it had secured the lease on the Tramway Hotel on London Road, Pakefield, and proposed to turn the building into a new Tesco Express store.

But its plans have prompted a wave of objections, with scores of people signing a petition opposing the move.

Paul Hobbs, chairman of the Promoting Pakefield Group, said one petition was taken to the Seagull Theatre on Saturday night and audience members immediately filled two A4 sheets.

“There is a groundswell of opinion, not against Tesco per se but the unnecessary expansion in Lowestoft,” he said.

“People are saying we have enough Tesco stores – other businesses should have a fair crack.”

“We are asking people not only in Pakefield but in Lowestoft to register their protest at the unnecessary expansion by making their own petitions, which simply say ‘We are against the expansion of more Tesco outlets in Lowestoft and particularly in Pakefield’ – and to get signatures and drop them into the Ferini Art Gallery.”

Mr Hobbs added: “The Tramway Hotel is a pivotal – cornerstone – centrepiece, if not the focus of Pakefield.

“To consider changing the façade or the building in any way which does not enhance Pakefield would be disastrous.”

A Tesco spokesman said the company was keen to engage in drawing up its plans and that its proposals would help “secure the future” of the Tramway Hotel.

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  • I wish them luck, but when Mr Hobbs tells people to make up their own petitions, he is making a mistake. Far better to have a single petition. Why didn't he supply his own petition form, on paper or on line? Multiple petitions are ineffective. Here in Colchester we saw off an attempt by Sainsbury's to turn the Drury Hotel into a mini-supermarket. One petition, most signatures collected in the two thriving local shops threatened by Sainsbury's, 3000 signatures. But Tesco is a more formidable enemy. The campaign needs to collect not just arty supporters, but customers of threatened existing shops, and they must go door to door as well. This is what has been done for a threatened large Tesco store off Butt Rd, Colchester, where the key to victory lies in the traffic effects of a full size supermarket in a quiet residential area.

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    Boris

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • According to Tesco's Michael Kissman (quoted in today's Guardian), "We are taking on derelict or vandalised pubs, not those which are still actively trading, and for all sorts of reasons those pubs were not successful. We go into communities and ask people what they want and how we can deliver that.". That'll be the derelict Tramway or the not trading Ipswich Emperor then? I reckon it's time to redefine the spelling of hypocrisy as T-E-S-C-O.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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