Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Meopham, Kent

Tesco wants to open its sixth store in Gravesham, replacing independent hardware store Meopham Building Supplies, which closed in early April 2013.

Chairwoman of Gravesham Rural Residents Group Sue Goften believes Tesco should be stopped for three reasons – there is not a need for the store, the knock-on effect for local businesses and the limited parking available.
Meopham Building Supplies has already applied to convert a storage space into a retail unit on behalf on Tesco, meaning Tesco need only apply for extended hours and an alcohol license. Tesco bought a 20-year lease and do not need any planning permission – extended hours and an alcohol license should not be a problem.

United Kingdom
51° 22' 12.2376" N, 0° 21' 5.6268" E
Kent GB

Campaign Updates
Meopham, Kent

10 June 2013
Public meeting held

Hundreds of residents packed out a village hall to voice their anger at the plans. Tesco unveiled the proposal to replace the independent hardware business Meopham Building Supplies which closed down after 25 years in April. Colin Hargrave, the manager of Spar in Meopham Parade, handed over a petition with 1,200 signatures objecting to the Tesco Express store during a meeting at the village’s church hall on Wednesday, June 5.