2,000-name petition fuels protest over £20m Brixham Tesco supermarket bid
BRIXHAM residents opposed to a proposed new supermarket in the port want to put pressure on the town council to say no to the £20million scheme.
The Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore group has gathered more than 2,000 petition signatures from residents and visitors opposing the development on the central car park.
The group hopes its 18-month protest campaign will have some bearing when the town council meets for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the Tesco plan.
Around 50 members of the group met at the site where the 32,000sq ft store would be built to present their petition to new town councillor Rosemary Clarke, who was elected on the BRATS ticket.
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Mrs Clarke said: "We are pleased Brixham Town Council is holding a meeting just to discuss the planning application.
"I will be handing in the petition for their consideration.
"Full council has got to discuss it and come up with a recommendation.
"We understand Brixham Town Council only has the right to be consulted on any planning application affecting its area and to make comments which the planning authority must take into account."
A town council spokesman confirmed an extra meeting had been scheduled in a week before a scheduled January 24 meeting to discuss the Tesco issue.
Paul Boyd, a member of BRATS who organised the petition, said: "This is an issue which raises strong feelings in Brixham.
"This was demonstrated by the election of a BRATS councillor in the recent by-election.
"We hope, thanks to people power, Tesco will act like Costa Coffee did in Totnes and will decide to withdraw its plans."
Mr Boyd said the petition will be passed to members of Torbay Council's planning committee in time for the planning application to be discussed.
He said: "As there are over 2,000 signatures this is sufficient to force a debate on the issue at Torbay Council."
The special Tesco town council meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17, at 7pm at Brixham College.