Campaigners in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, launched a campaign to stop Tesco knocking down the only pub in the centre of the village to turn it into a Tesco Express store. Following a public meeting on May 18th 2007, attended by 300 residents, a campaign group " Keep Cuffley Rural" was launched.
Keep Cuffley Rural
The group organised a postal referendum on the proposed Tesco development and the ballot results, announced on the 20th June 2007, revealed that almost 2,500 (83%) Cuffley villagers voted against plans for a Tesco Express in the village. For further information please see BBC news coverage of the referendum results.
On 2nd August 2007 Welwyn and Hatfield Council approved the Tesco application. Please see the Keep Cuffley Rural response to the decision. The store opened at the end of November. On the 22nd November 2007 a meeting was held to offer advice to existing shop-keepers in the village. For further information, see the group's website at www.keepcuffleyrural.co.uk