Following its acquisition of Europa Foods, Tesco established itself in the quiet community of St Margaret's, a London 'village' community between Richmond and Twickenham. Local residents are angry that Tesco were allowed to 'barge' their way into the community without seemingly any need for planning approval. Local councillors have told residents there was little or nothing that could be done to prevent Tesco's arrival. Residents feel Tesco's arrival has had an adverse effect on their High Street.
According to local residents Tesco have now successfully applied to have deliveries by even larger trucks in what is a narrow but busy high street. Incredibly, Richmond council has sanctioned trucks 0.7m wider and 4.4m longer to stop outside the store. The stopping area is immediately next to a bus stop, on the corner of a side street, 20m from a very busy zebra crossing (on a hump-back) and the railway station entrance.
No other trader in the area either now or before has ever used trucks anywhere near this size yet for Tesco, there has been immediate and easy approval. The council has stated:
"The Cabinet Member has allowed this alteration to go ahead and while I am sure he appreciates the feeling among many in the area the fact that Tesco's can legitimately trade from this location gave him little option
other than to approve the extension to the loading bay." Andrew Darvill, Assistant Director (Traffic & Transport), Richmond Council.