Campaigners to lay on bus to Tesco hearing

PUBLISHED: 08:40 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

A CAMPAIGN against Tesco's proposed relocation to Ottery Moor Lane, in Honiton, has entered a new phase ahead of the store giant's appeal against East Devon District Council's decision to say 'No'.

A CAMPAIGN against Tesco's proposed relocation to Ottery Moor Lane, in Honiton, has entered a new phase ahead of the store giant's appeal against East Devon District Council's decision to say 'No'.Local residents, who campaigned against the new store, will again be saying 'No' - on the first day of an appeal hearing next month.Protesters are laying on a bus to take people to Knowle, Sidmouth, for the opening round of a four-day inquiry, which starts on November 11.A lobby group was in High Street last Saturday promoting the transport arrangements.Tesco spokesperson Melanie Chiswell said the application for the new store was submitted with extensive supporting documentation.At extensive discussions prior to the submission of the application, district council officers made no mention of the issues raised shortly before the plan was refused, she told the Herald."Now our only option is to appeal," Ms Chiswell added.Opposition group member and Ottery Moor Lane resident Mike Bonetta said: "The town council will be represented during all four days of the appeal hearing. We will too, and probably Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry."But the opening day is very important. It gives people the chance to repeat what they said to Tesco at that Mackarness Hall meeting - No."A good turnout on November 11 will let East Devon District Council know we haven't changed our minds, and we hope they haven't either."Campaigners say they expect Tesco to come up with new ideas to ease projected traffic problems at the junction of Ottery Moor Lane with Exeter Road. Protesters also believe a Highways Agency survey has taken place since the Tesco plan was rejected.A bus will pick up protesters from Lace Walk and Heathfield from 9am on November 11.Mr Bonetta says the return fare will be £2. Tickets can be booked by calling either (01404) 43887 or (01404) 42861.


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