Hundreds give Ron a call

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

MORE than 200 people have called a helpline, set up by a local councillor to help co-ordinate opposition to Tesco's relocation plan in Honiton. Ron Farnham, of Dowell Street, who was elected to serve on Honiton Town Council last year, will lose his vote o

MORE than 200 people have called a helpline, set up by a local councillor to help co-ordinate opposition to Tesco's relocation plan in Honiton. Ron Farnham, of Dowell Street, who was elected to serve on Honiton Town Council last year, will lose his vote on the issue - because he has spoken out against the proposed development before it is put before the council's planning committee. He is unrepentant, however, saying hundreds of concerned residents have contacted him after reading about his campaign efforts in the Herald. "The response has been phenomenal," he said. "More than 200 people have called me." Councillor Farnham has had his own protest posters printed and they are prominently displayed in the windows of his home, which is on the main road from Honiton to Cullompton. He fears Tesco's plan to move closer to High Street will result in the decline of small, independent shops that Honiton town centre is famed for.

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