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Bridgwater Tesco plan approved - reaction here

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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

  • Comments


    grisleyreg 10:19am Tue 12 Feb 13

    What ever the outcome it will be what is best for SDC and consideration for Bridgwater will be secondary.

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    RustyKnight 11:41am Tue 12 Feb 13

    I love the way they keep referring to it as the"former Splash site"!!

    Look at the plans, its going on the old Enterprise site NOT the Splash site.

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    RustyKnight 11:57am Tue 12 Feb 13

    R.I.P Bridgwater Town Centre

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    RustyKnight 11:57am Tue 12 Feb 13

    R.I.P Bridgwater Town Centre

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    artful280 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.

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    Dr. Lewis Beltgun 12:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    I can understand the concern, but "blight and degradation?" People do come out with an awful lot of cack, don't they?

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    scally666 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

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    grisleyreg 1:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Do any of the councillors who voted in favour actually live in Bridgwater I suspect not

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    swjoduk 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.

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    milkwasabadchoice 2:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    swjoduk wrote…


    #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.

    I am from Taunton. Although I think the new Tesco is a very good thing for Bridgwater - which is very much a town on the up, I find it quite unlikely that people will be flooding in from Taunton.

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    andyr45 2:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    great! now i can get horse burgers 24 hours a day. is a tesco really what we need in the town centre with all the other available space on brown field sites

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    cidreman 2:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    No..surprise Tesco will build on the Northgate Site ..
    The Town Cllrs The Labour ones and Town Clerk are all against it ..
    Maybe its about time The Town residents held a Ballot do we need a Town Council because who do they represent ...
    The Tesco Store will be used once built by Bridgwater residents who live in each of these Cllrs Wards within the Town
    Cllr Smedley and Co you didnt ask us the voters our views ..when you voted no

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    Blue Owl 3:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    I am very pleased with the outcome, at last we can start the regeneration of our Town Centre Retail Trade, it's all very well the opponents saying RIP Bridgwater Town, in actual fact, this is the Life Support that is long overdue!!
    Perhaps now other quality retailers will think to invest in the Town Centre, as I said @ the Commitee, We have experienced growth in both housing and new job creation, over the last 10 years, the Population of our Town and the surrounding area, is around 50,000
    With, a further influx, if EDF gets it's Planning Consent, in the Spring,of up to another 25,000 workers and Commutors, within a 90 min travel time to EDF Hinkley C.
    Well done SDC, Planning Panel for making the right decision.
    Regards David Preece Aka Blue-Owl.

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    cidreman 3:22pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Blue Owl
    Vote 8 --3 in favour
    How did the vote pan-out ...who voted no etc .

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    grisleyreg 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

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    swjoduk 5:12pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Yep, which brings us to another question. When will the much needed Colley Lane Southern Distributor road commence??

    Any idea Blue Owl as this will cut through your neck of the words I believe and was this not your ex ward?

    Until this road is constructed there will not be any improvement in the Taunton Rd traffic and it will only get worse if Hinkley goes ahead.

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    Waterway 6:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Had the planners set aside the £600k they received from building in Haygrove to improve the highway infrastructure they may have had some support. To waste a large proportion of the revenue on a flooded field really sums up how the planners operate.

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    Samej1 7:54pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Sad day for the town centre - I'm quite prepared to come back and eat my words in a couple of years.... but watch out for closing shops and less choice when the Tescopoly extends!

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    Doverbeme 7:58pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    I was at the meeting, and didn't really storm out. It was just the only application I was interested in.

    Not too fussed about the application being granted, but some of the rubbish people came out with at was laughable:

    "This is good for other shops in the town" was a comment by one of the members of the planning committee.
    "I've never shopped in Bridgwater, but..." by another.

    The guy speaking against who seemed to Over-Emphasize every Other word....

    "I used to live in North Petherton, and always shopped in Taunton. If there had been a Tescos in Bridgwater then..." by the Tescos woman.

    And the amount of time spent debating the fate of 2 trees...

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    Doverbeme 8:07pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    As a slight aside, I was asked by a friend later "What did Ian Liddel- Grainger say about the application?" Can't say I was surprised he chose to remain on holiday rather then make an appearance/ take an interest in whats happening in Bridgwater.

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    RustyKnight 8:19pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Ah now the Owl is out of the bag the ridiculous comments make so much more sense.

    In a few years time when all the small independent stores in Bridgwater have gone and the novelty of Tesco Extra has worn off what is your next wonderful plan of action to improve Bridgwater Town Centre?

    Or don't you care because by then you'll have got fed up and moved to another town to ruin!

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    frags27 8:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

    Leisure vs Supermarket, hmmm. let me think which one will win, it was a forgone conclusion people its cheap money, easy money to just get a supermarket and guess what we got. No surprise, accept the Council will never change in Bridgwater, a big player like Tesco show an interest they were never going to say no, they don't care what people want anyway.

    If they cared the town wouldn't have the traffic it has now, the town center would have been saved years ago before it is what it is now and we wouldn't have waited 4+ years plus how ever many years to get back a swimming pool which is really the Lido with a roof on it. Even now its going to be at a School when most people won't know where it is with very high expenses to even swim. Especially with a couple of kids.

    Yep Tesco's will create new jobs, and lets see which one of the budget supermarkets goes because it cannot compete, take your pick out of these I have my mystic meg head on, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Farmfoods, Co-op, they aren't all going to stay here in lets say 2 years after Tesco is built. So yep jobs in the first place more, then less as time goes by and other places shut. Say goodbye to Currys and Argos as well as Tesco Extra sales more Electrical goods, I won't mention the actual town center as that will stay as it is, just with more of the same takeaways, estate agents. Best thing to do is bulldoze the whole town center and start again, but hey that will not happen because its what the people want and we the Council don't listen to the people.

    Cribbs for me and Clarks Village all the way, use Clarks Village as an example of what can be achieved and learn from it. Even quality restaurant's like Frankie & Benny's have opened which would have been one avenue that Bridgwater could have been known for and put us on the map. One thing Taunton doesn't have, but no chance of that no TGI, Bella Pasta like other Town's have. Born in this Town all my life and its really time the people were listened to that have lived here not the people who are supposed to represent us. I'm not into Bridgwater Forwards/Backwards or whatever they are called just my only opinion having lived 39 years here.

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    BaldCarl2 2:42am Wed 13 Feb 13

    Personally, I couldn't care less if it gets built or not.

    However, I am confused, there were 15 councillors, 8 voted for, 3 voted against. What did the other 4 do?

    Surely, they have a public duty to decide one way or another - it's what we pay them to do.

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    cidreman 8:56am Wed 13 Feb 13

    Bridgwater Town Council Labour Ward Cllrs ....representing you were @ this meeting .
    How did these Cllrs Vote ...dont we all have a right to know , The Labour ward Cllrs where the store is being built said No ...but what about the other Labour Cllrs ....can you tell us Blue -Owl

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    AP9 10:41am Wed 13 Feb 13

    Apparently one labour cllr voted for the application being granted and one other, who just happens to be the Mayor, abstained which is as good as voting for in fairness surely?
    I have not seen any confirmation of this but if its true it makes a bit of a mockery of the town council's opposition doesn't it?
    Does anyone know exactly who voted which way?

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    JOGLE08 10:48am Wed 13 Feb 13

    AP9 wrote…


    Apparently one labour cllr voted for the application being granted and one other, who just happens to be the Mayor, abstained which is as good as voting for in fairness surely? I have not seen any confirmation of this but if its true it makes a bit of a mockery of the town council's opposition doesn't it? Does anyone know exactly who voted which way?

    Just goes to prove you can't believe anything they say if this is true!!

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    swjoduk 1:15pm Wed 13 Feb 13

    BaldCarl2 wrote…


    Personally, I couldn't care less if it gets built or not. However, I am confused, there were 15 councillors, 8 voted for, 3 voted against. What did the other 4 do? Surely, they have a public duty to decide one way or another - it's what we pay them to do.

    I think the Councillors who cover that ward cannot vote?

    Blue Owl surely knows?

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    cidreman 2:08pm Wed 13 Feb 13

    Blue-Owl ...tells us the truth which way did the labour cllrs vote ...
    Or Cllr Smedley can you tell us how your Labour Cllrs voted .

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    BaldCarl2 7:48pm Wed 13 Feb 13

    Remember people, the elected councillors in SDC work for YOU. And as such, they need to inform us of the work they have carried out - namely, how they voted.

    Otherwise, what's the point of this so called democracy?

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    cidreman 9:22am Thu 14 Feb 13

    What a shambles the Labour group must be in ...
    Everything decided for Bridgwater by SDC
    Now after months and months of meetings ...the vote for Tescos arrives , and after the Labour Group saying that all their Cllrs were against it ...one of them votes in favour of the Tesco built .and another doesnt vote at all .
    How can the Labour Group continue to be allowed to Run the Bridgwater Town Council ...they have lost their credibility and respect ...how can any voter trust their Labour ward Cllr again

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    Bridgy old Boy 11:16pm Sun 17 Feb 13

    I have reached the conclusion that Blue Fowl and Cidreman must belong to the same lodge either that or they are joined at the hip they couldn't be closer if they were identical twins. I really would recommend developing a life outside this forum and maybe get some treatment for those obsessions.

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    windswept and interesting 10:24am Mon 18 Feb 13

    Bridgy old Boy wrote…


    I have reached the conclusion that Blue Fowl and Cidreman must belong to the same lodge either that or they are joined at the hip they couldn't be closer if they were identical twins. I really would recommend developing a life outside this forum and maybe get some treatment for those obsessions.

    Wasn't so long ago they were at each others throats...whats all that about ?

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    Cyborgigy 1:16pm Mon 18 Feb 13

    Those who do not shop or buy the cheap fuel at any of the current large supermarkets please take one step forward. You can now hold your hand on your heart and make a truly moral stance. Otherwise, live with what you have brought upon yourselves. If people didn't shop at large supermarkets, no matter which one you use, then they would stop coming......

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    windswept and interesting 7:00pm Mon 18 Feb 13

    Cyborgigy wrote…


    Those who do not shop or buy the cheap fuel at any of the current large supermarkets please take one step forward. You can now hold your hand on your heart and make a truly moral stance. Otherwise, live with what you have brought upon yourselves. If people didn't shop at large supermarkets, no matter which one you use, then they would stop coming......

    mmmmm...nobody's stepped forward ?

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    bts73 3:13am Tue 19 Feb 13

    amazing - finally i can buy tesco pork and pickle pies. all other pork pies are rubbish.

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    bts73 3:15am Tue 19 Feb 13

    as for dwindling jobs - thats the idea isnt it ? the only measure of progress we have is less work for humans to do, so if we progress, that means no one needs to work. if we are still working as much as we did in the 1800s, then we havnt progressed very far have we ?

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