Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Bridgwater, Somerset

In August 2009 residents of Bridgwater learnt that Tesco is the frontrunner to take over the Sedgemoor Splash pool site (which was closed in 2009). In 2011 Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council, who jointly own the site in Northgate, sold the land to Tesco.

The Tesco Extra plans would include part of the neighbouring Brewery Fields but campaigners applied to have that designated as a town green. If granted the land would be protected in law from development or any activity which would cause material harm to it.

Background

December 2009 -Bridgwater Forward, explored launching a judicial review but unfortunately funds prohibited them taking this forward.

24th August 2010- protesters marched through the town centre shouting 'Save our Splash' and 'No more supermarkets' as anger grew over the possibility of yet another major store coming to Bridgwater.

28th January 2011 - Sedgemoor District Council Executive recommended that the 12+ acre site be allowed to be sold to Tesco. At the meeting about 80 people from the general public including 9 registered speakers all who spoke against the plan. In the end all Tory councillors present (28) voted for Tesco with Labour (6) and Lib Dem (2) voting against. The store would be 60,000 sq ft with seven smaller shops and office space.

March 2011 - a motion put by the Labour Group to rescind the decision of Sedgemoor District Council to sell the Brewery Field and Northgate site to Tesco stores was dismissed mid debate by Tory leader Duncan McGinty who called for the vote to be taken midway through a speech by Labour member Cllr Julian Taylor. The Tory group voted accordingly to stifle the debate and the Labour motion was defeated 26-11 (the chair abstaining) with only 4 members having spoken.

July 2011 - Sedgemoor District Council’s Corporate Scrutiny Committee voted by 5-4 to allow a council director’s decision to stand and sell the land to Tesco.

 

Somerset
United Kingdom
51° 7' 29.8308" N, 3° 0' 7.2504" W
Somerset GB

Campaign Updates
Bridgwater, Somerset

26 February 2015
Tesco shelves plans
14 May 2014
Uncertainty about whether Tesco still plan to build new store
12 February 2013
Plans approved

Sedgemoor District Council's development committee voted to approve the development, eight votes to three, subject to a legal agreement.

8 October 2012
Tesco submits plans for a Tesco Extra store