In autumn 2008 residents in Leigh-on-sea formed a campaign group"No Leigh Tesco" to oppose plans for a new Tesco Express convenience store on a former church site in Leigh.
On the 25th February the Development Control Committee approved the application. Please see an article in the Braintree and Witham Times, 26th February 2009.
However, a local shop-keeper is determined not to be defeated by Tesco and has received approval to open around the clock - please see the Evening Echo, 19th March, 2009.
Tesco then submitted a new application for an Express store on the site of Parkstone Motor Company dealership on London road. Please see the Braintree and Witham Times, 21st February 2009.
In December 2008 Southend Council's development Control Committee refused the application due to the Church being a listed building.