The EDP reports on the ongoing saga in Diss, in South Norfolk, and Tesco's plans for total domination of the town.
A battle royal has been going on for some time since Tesco bough the old Co-op site and took on Morrisons. Anyone who drives through Diss will know that what was already a difficult road to drive through town on is now often a log jammed traffic jam. But the biggest problem is that there is now the real danger of a second Tesco superstore just a few hundred yard away, which many feel will cause the collapse of existing shopping patterns in town, leading to a closure of many shops in the high street with everyone going to the edge of town supermarkets. Read the report HERE.
I hope South Norfolk Councillors will have the stomach for the fight that could ensue. The site Tesco want to build on is already designated under the local plan as being for "leisure use". When Tesco wanted to build a store in my ward, they succeeded, but not without having restrictions placed upon them, but also not without the implicit threats that they constantly make to planning authorities and councillors.
Tesco have deep pockets, will use the best lawyers in the land, and will threaten councils that if the councils lose, they will ensure that the council pays. Many council's retreat through fear. In North Norfolk, we didn't, as can be seen from the fact that in Sheringham, Tesco have been thwarted so far. But that is because we have seen the dreadful effect Tesco has had on Stalham, which has seen local and independent shops close whilst Tesco has taken over.
Have South Norfolk Council got the strength to take them on over Diss ?