At the end of May 2009 Tesco was finally given the green light to open an Express store in Meads Village. For almost two years Tesco had been battling to get planning permission for a roof top air conditioning unit from Eastbourne Borough Council. After the planning committee turned it down, Tesco appealed to a government inspector and at the end of May the inspector announced his decision to allow the development to go ahead, which in effect paves the way for Tesco to open the Express Store it has been working on for months.
The news was met with disappointment by the Meads Community Association which had protested against the units and Tesco opening in the village which, it said, would sound the death knell for local traders. Its members are also angry that the appeal wasn't dealt with by way of a public inquiry but instead through a paper consultation.