Tesco decision: protest thanks

PUBLISHED: 01:01 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

Everyone will now be aware that East Devon District Council has turned down the Tesco application to relocate their store to Ottery Moor Lane. Honiton Chamber of Commence and Industry and the Ottery Moor Lane Residents' Committee believe that this decisi

Everyone will now be aware that East Devon District Council has turned down the Tesco application to relocate their store to Ottery Moor Lane. Honiton Chamber of Commence and Industry and the Ottery Moor Lane Residents' Committee believe that this decision, whilst soundly based upon planning issues, has been influenced by the vast quantity of protest letters received from the residents of Honiton. The chamber and the OML Residents' Committee would like to say thank you to all those who have written letters or put pen to paper in some form or another, and thanks to all those who have made and displayed posters. The only name we have decided to mention is that of Father Gerald, as his eloquence at the public meeting, together with his sense of humour, won the day! Father Gerald has allowed St Rita's to be used for many meetings of the committee for which we would like to say a special thank you.A special thanks is also due to Honiton Town Council for its hard work in researching the planning detail and for coming to their decision to recommend rejection of the plans.So, round two has been won but, we understand, that we will now have to face possibly the hardest round - round three - as Tesco, we understand, have decided to appeal! We may be asking you to write again because, as we now have them on the ropes, let us not now rest on our laurels.Many thanks to all concerned. Ralph Hibbert, Mike Bonetta, and Frank Horrell.

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