A petition has been launched calling on Tesco to abandon plans to nearly double the size of its store in Weston village, Bath.The petition has been organised by Weston councillor Colin Barrett (Cons), who has joined with local residents campaigning against the store’s expansion plans. It is understood that Tesco is planning to increase the size of the store by merging it with the adjoining properties on Weston High Street, which would force two existing businesses to find alternative premises. In addition, it is anticipated that the property owner will put forward plans to build new flats on the current car park at the rear of the store.
News of the plans has sparked concern amongst local residents and traders on the High Street, who have raised fears over the impact on other shops in the area and the loss of parking spaces.
Cllr Barrett has been in contact with the Tesco area manager and the property developer linked to the plans to inform them of residents’ concerns. Cllr Barrett said:
“Residents I’ve spoken with are alarmed at the prospect of a much larger Tesco store and losing parking spaces on our High Street. Overall, the arrival of Tesco in Weston has been beneficial to our High Street and welcomed by local residents. But a major expansion to turn it from a local Express store to a larger Tesco Metro could have a real impact on other local traders and cause problems with traffic and parking.
“I have therefore launched a petition calling on Tesco to abandon such a large expansion and for the developer to rethink plans for new apartments which would see the car park shrunk by over a third. I will be collecting signatures on the High Street over the next couple of weeks and presenting it to Tesco and the property owner to ensure the views of residents are known.”