The Somerset House has been a pub in our village (Calow, Chesterfield) since approximately 1953. Unfortunately Tesco have set their sights on it and are actively pursuing the necessary planning permissions to turn it into a Tesco Express. We believe that the Brewery (Enterprise Inns) have entered into a contract with them.
Their first round of planning applications resulted in four being rejected and two being approved.
There are currently three local businesses in Calow, a paper shop, a general store and a Londis and we believe that all three will be at risk.
The campaign group "Save our Somerset Action Group" have a petition signed by circa 1,800 people which has been presented to the Council.
Chesterfield has been given the nickname "Tesco Town" as there are apparently 42 Tesco's/Tesco Express shops within a ten mile radius of the town!
The Derbyshire Times, our local newspaper, has been very supportive in publishing pictures, an article and several letters in support of the campaign to try and save the Somerset House in Calow. We have also had a excellent response from our local MP, Dennis Skinner, who is passing our concerns on to relevant people and says he will update us of progress in due course. We wrote to Greg Mullholland in his capacity as the MP Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group. Again we received a personal and very supportive response from him.