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- Sedgemoor District Council approves Tesco store application
- 24-hour supermarket planned for former Northgate site
- Fierce opposition to proposal from some in Bridgwater
- Debate over the possibility of Tesco stretches back to 2009
- Reporter Matthew Colledge giving live updates from meeting
4:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13
Anyone coming from Taunton to shop at this new 24 hour shop will have to join the traffic queue at Huntworth like the rest of us
#bridgwatertesco glad it's been approved, might actually be able to get a job now.— @HEIDIx__ 12 February 2013
#bridgwatertesco it's taken too long to be approved, as a member of staff in taunton, can now get a transfer to save money #easierliving— @Havoc717 12 February 2013
1:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13
#bridgwatertesco As if Bridgwater needs another supermarket and as for people travelling to use it tesco's are in every town in Somerset
Someone needs to tell Barbara that this is not any Tesco, this is an Extra with the closest Extra stores situated in Yeovil, Exeter and Bristol.
I can very well imagine people from Taunton, Minehead, Burnham and Weston travelling to Bridgwater to shop there.
I myself have travelled to the Yeovil and Exeter Vale Tesco Extra's specifically as they have a far greater range of non food items.
Maybe these visitors will then pop into our town centre to visit one of the many discount stores, food outlets, phone shops, estate agents or charity shops.....or perhaps not. The town centre is nothing to shout about, Tesco cannot make it any worse!
In fact do away with half the shops, replace them with nice clean restaurants to match Prezzo e.g. Bella Italia, Nandos, Wagamamas, La Tasca, Cafe Rouge, that kinda thing plus more bakeries, sandwich shops, delicatessens etc and small independant shops. Then it would be a vast improvement.
People could get what they need from Tesco, other supermarkets and out of town retail and then get something nice to eat or something specialized which cant be found elsewhere.
@BWMercury Tesco go ahead is GREAT news as it will bring hundreds of jobs to the area. Well done SDC for making the right choice.— @shaneburney 12 February 2013
@BWMercury At last!! This will mean more jobs for the town!!— @TomSingleton4 12 February 2013
@BWMercury well they have just signed the death warrant for the Town centre - lets see how long before we're told the PO is going in there!— @sandratizzard 12 February 2013
12:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13
good news for the town as a whole i think!!
as for rip bridgwater town centre
that started when Tesco & M&S left
now at least Tesco are coming back
1:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13
Do any of the councillors who voted in favour actually live in Bridgwater I suspect not
#bridgwatertesco As if Bridgwater needs another supermarket and as for people travelling to use it tesco's are in every town in Somerset— @bgmullan 12 February 2013
Tesco's Melanie Chiswell: "I'm delighted. It's been a long time working towards today." Store could open in summer 2014. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Long-time opponent Sally Jones tells Mercury: "This will kill the town." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
12:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13
Theres a surprise, This was a done deal a long time ago.There was no real chance of stopping it or making Tesco amend its plans significantly. The Council needs the money for the new pool and thats that.
The vote goes 8-3 Tesco's way. Disgruntled members of the public stream out of SDC's offices. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
#Bridgwatertesco Plans approved. No surprises there. Cllrs weren't likely to say no to a major company - they never do :-)— @BabbleBrooks 12 February 2013
11:57am Tue 12 Feb 13
R.I.P Bridgwater Town Centre
NOW the application has been approved, Tesco bosses still have to sweat over the outcome of an application to give the Brewery Field site 'town green' status - see here for details.
COUNCILLORS have voted 8-3 in favour of building a Tesco store in Bridgwater.
Most Cllrs sitting on the fence for now. Mike Mansfield (Highbridge) an exception. "I'll certainly be voting against" #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Speeches done. Planning committee members now having their say. Lots of talk about access, particularly lorries. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Melanie Chiswell: "This is about encouraging people to spend time and money in the town and creating jobs." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
MC: "This is not just about Tesco. Other 7 units will contribute to how the town is perceived." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
MC on Brewery Field: "We'll create public open space enjoyed by everybody. We stand by commitment to keep BF for public." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
If we don't let Tesco use the waste land, no one will-until someone builds a giant block of flats. #betterthanflats #ELH #bridgwatertesco— @chill1227 12 February 2013
Melanie Chiswell next up. She's corporate affairs manager for Tesco in the South West #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Bridgwater town clerk Alan Hurford also speaks against, on behalf of town council. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Labour councillors Mick Lerry, Brian Smedley, Kathy Pearce and Julian Taylor all speak against, to public applause. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Cllrs Smedley and Taylor say Tesco will simply move jobs around town, not create more. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Nick Gibson: "Tesco will bring blight and degradation. Idea shoppers will come from across county to Tesco is crazy." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
David Preece: "Bridgwater is growing and Tesco will provide jobs and shopper choice needed to stop town falling behind." #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Speeches have begun. So far we've had resident David Preece in favour and Nick Gibson against. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Can't wait 4 the bargains and to get rid of part of dog mess field #bridgwatertesco— @daghornleghorn 12 February 2013
The benefits outweigh the negatives, hurry up and get it built #bridgwatertesco— @RedRed_Rob 12 February 2013
Bemused laughter from the watching public as planning officer Rebecca Miller says Tesco store "would not be overbearing" #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
And more laughter when she says plans "would not harm existing highway network" #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Nick Tait, SDC planning policy manager, says Northgate key for retail. Bridgwater leaking shoppers to Taunton and Weston #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
Tesco meeting about to begin. Decent turnout with 50 or so members of the public watching events. #BridgwaterTesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013
HOW the proposed Tesco Extra store might look if permission is granted by Sedgemoor District Council.
THIS morning's meeting takes place in the Sedgemoor Room of Bridgwater House, in King Square, Bridgwater.
The meeting begins at 9.30am and it is expected that opponents to the proposal will be in attendance to show their strength of feeling against the plan.
USE the Twitter hashtag #bridgwatertesco to get involved and have your say on the planning application - your Tweets will automatically appear at the foot of this live article.
THE councillors who sit on the Sedgemoor District Council planning committee - and will decide on the Tesco application - are: Bob Filmer (Chairman), Dennis Davey (Deputy Chairman), Tony Grimes, Derek Alder, Dawn Hill, Alan Bradford, Neville Jones OBE, Michael Caswell, David Loveridge, Peter Downing, Mike Mansfield, Alex Glassford, Ken Richards, Graham Granter and Ken Smout.
Tesco meeting coming up in one hour. I'll be tweeting updates #bridgwatertesco— @MercMColledge 12 February 2013