Not extensive enough, Tesco

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

Just what part of 'No' is it that Tesco doesn't understand? Its bosses have clearly failed to convince the Highways Agency, the town council, East Devon District Council and a significant proportion of the local population that their scheme to expand the

Just what part of 'No' is it that Tesco doesn't understand? Its bosses have clearly failed to convince the Highways Agency, the town council, East Devon District Council and a significant proportion of the local population that their scheme to expand their Honiton operation is workable. Now we're told that they propose to appeal and will presumably prepare a revised submission on the feeble grounds that "nobody told us people were going to object". Their "extensive pre-application consultations" were obviously not extensive enough. I hope that no one will encourage Tesco to believe that, simply by revising its submission, it can afford to ignore the strength of public antipathy and the serious objections already raised to its unwelcome and ill-considered plans. The fact that a massive supermarket chain can blandly seek to overturn decisions reached after the correct sequence of statutory procedures has been carried out fills me with alarm.What price democracy these days? William TydemanBy emailHoniton

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