After 13 years of campaigning against Tesco, dealing with the company's threats, and machinations, a planning enquiry has finally ruled against Tesco and Sheringham will remain Tesco free.
I first became aware of the Tesco problem in Sheringham eleven years ago when I ran a local election campaign for the Lib Dems in Sheringham in September 1997. Even then it was raised on the doorstep by electors who in most cases were against Tesco, but in a very few cases were very supportive of the plans.
In those eleven years Tesco have tried over and again, using threat that it will bankrupt the council if the council objected, making reference to its expensive lawyers and doing all the usual local muck raking to try and spread false rumours against those who opposed their plans. Throughout this time, the Lib Dem run council has stood by the independently made decisions of the planning committees who, voting on the application and ignoring the threats and associated consequences, voted against Tesco time and again. The council committee recognised the unique nature of Sheringham, a small town dominated by small shops, and in my opinion they made the right decision.
So well done to all those involved who have shown that the planning system does, once in a while, work in the best interests of local people.