Store bid strikes fear into traders

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ANGRY traders fear plans to open a Tesco Express in their village could spell an uncertain future for their businesses.

A planning application to transform The Globe Hotel in Weedon’s High Street into a Tesco Express alongside six flats has been submitted to Daventry District Council (DDC).

It has left nearby businesses worried about their future if the supermarket giant was to get planning permission.

Owner of Tudor Greengrocers in Church Street, Jane Lovell said: “It is going to have an impact on my business and every other business in the local area.

“I find it amazing that a lot of people are not even aware that it is Tesco behind the application.

“There is no way we can compete with a giant like them. We can go to farmers and buy a bit of their stock but Tesco can afford to go and buy the entire field.”

If planning permission is granted, the effects could even be felt in the next village.

Bhavna Khakhar, who jointly owns Flore Village Store, which has been trading for more than 60 years, said: “We will not be able to compete with someone like Tesco.

“People will go there rather than coming to us.

“I am very worried about the future of my store.”

Weedon Bec Parish Council has already made its objections believing the site is inappropriate for people to access and there are concerns about the safety of people trying to get to the new store.

Chairman of the parish council, Cllr Stuart Jacks, said: “There are real concerns about this application. Not only about the impact on local businesses but also the crossroads on the site which is already congested.

“I’ve spoken to many people in the village since the application was submitted and not one person has been in favour.”

A decision is likely to be made by DDCs planning committee in the near future.

Tesco did not wish to comment on the application.