GI­ANT STRUG­GLE

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

TESCO’S po­ten­tial abil­ity to ap­peal against plan­ning com­mit­tee de­ci­sions caused con­cern among coun­cil­lors. Cllr Jim Wedge­bury (Con) crit­i­cised “yet an­other plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion from Tesco”, to ap­plause from the pub­lic gallery. He said: “We seem to get more ap­pli­ca­tions from Tesco than we get from the ma­jor house builders. Tesco is prob­a­bly the sec­ond largest com­pany in its sec­tor in the world af­ter Walmart. It is un­doubt­edly one of the most ruth­less com­pa­nies in the world, own­ing the big­gest land bank of suit­able sites for su­per­mar­kets in Bri­tain, and in one case de­mol­ish­ing a su­per­mar­ket to pre­vent a ri­val us­ing the site. “As a re­sult, when Tesco put an ap­pli­ca­tion in, some coun­cil­lors act as though they are rabbits trapped in a car’s head­lights, they are so in awe of this com­pany.” Cllr Alan Alcock (Lab) said: “It’s a very costly ex­er­cise to op­pose Tesco and I can’t coun­te­nance the use of tax­pay­ers’ money for this pur­pose.”

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