Petition calls for Tesco to meet needs of community

Local residents and councillors in the Weston area of Bath are calling for the local Tesco Express store to alter its stock to meet the needs of the local community.

A petition asking Tesco managers to stock more of the goods which the community is calling for has been organised by Weston Councillors Malcolm Lees and Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston). The petition calls on Tesco to stock more ‘every day’ products along the lines of a community store, instead of the current product range which local people say is more suited to a city centre convenience store or service station.

The Tesco Express opened in Weston Village last year after taking over the old Somerfield store. Following the opening of the new store, some residents have said they are disappointed that many cooking products previously stocked by Somerfield have been replaced by more snacks, sandwiches and ready-meals.

Local Councillor Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) commented:

“Residents in Weston are very keen to work with Tesco to ensure its products meet the needs of the community. However, since the former Somerfield closed and reopened as a Tesco Express, many local residents have expressed their frustration at the lack of day to day products. People I’ve spoken with feel the store currently stocks too many snacks, more akin to a service station. That’s why we’ve organised this petition, to show the strength of feeling to Tesco over the need to improve their product range. We hope that Tesco listens to our concerns and responds positively.

“With the Post Office a few doors along now reopened, if Tesco can improve its offer to the community, then this could help increase the number of shoppers on Weston High Street to the benefit of all local shops here.”

Signatures were collected on the High Street at the weekend and will continue to be for the next week. A copy of the petition is also available to sign in Weston All Saints church, or residents can contact Cllr Lees on 01225 336449.