Tesco appeal: Lyn settles in for long haul

PUBLISHED: 09:42 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:36 15 June 2010

WHEN the appeal hearing into Tesco's relocation plan for Honiton opened at Knowle, Sidmouth, yesterday (Tuesday), town clerk Lyn Hargood settled in for the long haul.

WHEN the appeal hearing into Tesco's relocation plan for Honiton opened at Knowle, Sidmouth, yesterday (Tuesday), town clerk Lyn Hargood settled in for the long haul.She is to remain at the hearing for all four days.Despite concerns that there may be a backlog of office work to catch up on next week, the majority of town councillors felt she needed to be there.They said the issue is important to the future of Honiton, the appeal is a one-off and that local residents, who opposed the relocation plan in their hundreds, deserved to see the town council present.The matter was debated at a planning committee meeting last week, when deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash said she wished to query if Mrs Hargood needed to be at the inquiry for all four days. She wondered if it was a suitable use of her time."There's a heavy workload in the office," Councillor Ash pointed out.Councillor Jill McNally suggested Mrs Hargood could "play it by ear", but other councillors were adamant she should be there for the duration."The residents of Honiton deserve to see somebody from the town council there," said Councillor Ron Farnham.Former mayor, Councillor Vernon Whitlock said it was his suggestion that Mrs Hargood attend all four days, "because Tesco's application is an important issue for the town".And Councillor Dianne Morgan said: "Just being there is making a point."Honiton Town Council, along with East Devon District Council, is opposed to Tesco's plan to relocate from Battishorne Way to Ottery Moor Lane.


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