Protestors to demonstrate against Tesco move

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2012

Campaigners outside the Bristol House

Campaigners outside the Bristol House

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RESIDENTS will gather in protest outside the Town Hall in Weston tomorrow (Thurs) against the proposed takeover of a pub by Tesco.

The supermarket giant is considering turning the Bristol House in Milton Road into a Tesco Express store, and has been in discussions with the site owners, Enterprise Inns, since it closed in July.

But tonight campaigners opposed to the proposal will gather outside the Town Hall to protest against the move as councillors consider a planning application made by Enterprise Inns.

In its application to North Somerset Council, the pub-management firm says the new extensions would be used to add an ‘additional trading area’ and ‘enlarged catering kitchen’ at the site in Milton Road, while adding that the building’s continued use would be as a public house.

But the Mercury understands that winning approval for the extension of the building is a key factor in whether Tesco decides to lease the site or not.

Despite that, rules mean councillors at the south area planning committee tonight will only be able to deliberate on the application on its face value – with no mention of Tesco in the firm’s submission.

More than 2,700 people have now signed a petition against the move and a public meeting was held at the Vintage Community Church in Hughenden Road on September 6.

The demonstrators will gather outside the Town Hall in Walliscote Grove Road at 5.45pm tomorrow.

Campaign organiser Mark Thyer said: “We ask the councillors to listen not only to the people of the Milton and Ashcombe areas but all the other residents of Weston who have supported the campaign to save the Bristol House inn and vote to reject the planning application which is for a large extension to the pub.

“Although a duplicate of plans drawn up in 2007, it is in fact a thinly disguised ploy to make the footprint of the building large enough for Tesco to take over the site and develop it into an Express store.”

He added that anyone interested in coming along to the protest should take their own placards and banners.

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