Have your say on Tesco store bid

PEOPLE in a Suffolk town will have the chance to air their views tonight on plans for a proposed new Tesco store.

Mark Lord

PEOPLE in a Suffolk town will have the chance to air their views tonight on plans for a proposed new Tesco store.

A public meeting arranged by Halesworth Town Council will be held at the town's middle school between 7pm and 9pm.

Tesco is proposing a store to the south of Angel Link and adjacent to Saxons Way. That proposal will be discussed tonight, along with the future of another key site it also owns behind the Thoroughfare.

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The retail giant does not believe the latter is the most appropriate location for a supermarket, and instead supports proposals for a future landowner to develop a mixture of local facilities, shops and possibly housing behind the Thoroughfare.

Speaking at a meeting of Halesworth Town Council earlier this month, councillor Ezra Leverett said: “It should be for the public to give us their views on how they feel about a very large superstore coming to the town - and in Halesworth terms it is a very large store.”

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Representatives from Tesco are expected to attend tonight's meeting.

Tesco is also holding an exhibition at the Old Print Works, behind the Thoroughfare, this Friday and Saturday .

Nick Gellatly, Tesco Regional Corporate Affairs manager for the East of England, said: “We've spoken with local groups and the town council over the past few months and want to give local people the opportunity to find out more about our proposals.

“The store will create more than 100 local jobs and the town centre site behind the Thoroughfare will play a vital role in the future of Halesworth, so it's important everyone has a say on both. The consultation will continue after the exhibition and I'd be delighted to hear from anyone who has something to discuss.”

The Tesco exhibition will take place from noon to 7pm on Friday and between 10am and 2pm on Saturday. Tesco's local sourcing team will be available on the Friday to discuss which products might be sold in store. Local producers can drop in to find out how they might sell their goods.

Anyone can have their say on the consultation by calling Francis Mallinson on 0207 842 0155 or emailing info@tescohalesworth.com

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