2,000-strong petition opposes Areley Kings Tesco plans

PACKED MEETING: About 150 residents attended the debate at Areley Kings Village Hall in the second of three public meetings to discuss plans.

PACKED MEETING: About 150 residents attended the debate at Areley Kings Village Hall in the second of three public meetings to discuss plans.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PETITION signed by 2,000 people who oppose plans to turn an Areley Kings pub into a Tesco Express store has been handed to Stourport's mayor.

Resident Rob Lloyd delivered the petition to Ken Henderson ahead of Tuesday's Stourport Town Council meeting, during which members unanimously voted to recommended Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee reject Tesco's application.

Neighbours have met several times since it emerged Tesco had taken a lease from Punch Taverns, who own Squirrel pub, Areley Common and planned to use the building for the convenience store.

Tesco says if proposals are approved, the Express will create 20 jobs and "co-exist and complement the existing independent traders". Residents who have signed the petition, however, have pointed to transport, parking and noise concerns and fear businesses such as Londis Pantry Stores, Taylor's Newsagent and the pharmacy would lose out.

Resident Andrew Booton, who chaired one of the three public meetings to discuss the plans, said: “There is a tangible feeling among residents that Areley Kings’ village community is under serious threat from a development of this size and scope.

"Areley Common is already reduced to a single lane in places since residents have no choice but to park on the road outside their houses."

He added daily deliveries, carried out using large lorries, would put the road, which has a weight limit, under "intolerable pressure".

A decision on Tesco's application is due to be made next Tuesday at 6pm at Wyre Forest House by the district council's 16-member planning committee. The Shuttle understands three public speakers will address the councillors before they vote - a member of the public, a representative of Stourport Town Council and Labour councillor Jamie Shaw, for Wyre Forest District Council.

Areley Common resident Mark Bywater added: “This is not a NIMBY campaign and we are not anti Tesco but we must ensure that planners understand and consider fully the blight on our lives which a store of this size in this location will create.”

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8:05am Thu 3 Apr 14

Skijumper says...

Why are these people so afraid of Tesco? Tesco convenience stores, coupled with internet shopping is the way forward. I don't think the majority of the 2000 anti's represent the younger generations point of view, who are already modern conditioned shoppers who appreciate that it is extremely convenient to be able to have a facility on the doorstep which virtually has all their shopping needs under one roof and especially safer for their accompanying children as opposed to crossing roads to get to other stores within the locality. I’m sure that busy young parents do appreciate having extra time saved to spend with their children as opposed to the rigours of having to use multiple shops. It appears that the opposition people in failing to patronise their local pub are now trying to close the stable door after the horse has already bolted. Independent store’s are on the way out and I feel will increasingly no doubt die off in the future. The future generations will benefit in many aspects of course.
Why are these people so afraid of Tesco? Tesco convenience stores, coupled with internet shopping is the way forward. I don't think the majority of the 2000 anti's represent the younger generations point of view, who are already modern conditioned shoppers who appreciate that it is extremely convenient to be able to have a facility on the doorstep which virtually has all their shopping needs under one roof and especially safer for their accompanying children as opposed to crossing roads to get to other stores within the locality. I’m sure that busy young parents do appreciate having extra time saved to spend with their children as opposed to the rigours of having to use multiple shops. It appears that the opposition people in failing to patronise their local pub are now trying to close the stable door after the horse has already bolted. Independent store’s are on the way out and I feel will increasingly no doubt die off in the future. The future generations will benefit in many aspects of course. Skijumper
  • Score: -16

11:43am Thu 3 Apr 14

the batshake says...

So none of those 2000 people shop in tesco? Yes they do but in someone else backyard, stuck up, better than you, nimbys.
So none of those 2000 people shop in tesco? Yes they do but in someone else backyard, stuck up, better than you, nimbys. the batshake
  • Score: -17

6:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Wagtail59 says...

I suspect the majority of those 2000 signatories shop in in a town centre location where you would expect there to be more than one supermarket, or they may do at least some of their shopping at the existing store in Areley Kings.
I suspect the majority of those 2000 signatories shop in in a town centre location where you would expect there to be more than one supermarket, or they may do at least some of their shopping at the existing store in Areley Kings. Wagtail59
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

CynicalSid says...

I bet this lot will be queuing up if bottles of Sherry and denture adhesive is on offer!
I bet this lot will be queuing up if bottles of Sherry and denture adhesive is on offer! CynicalSid
  • Score: -19

10:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Skijumper says...

I'm surprised Tesco have not introduced a pensioner day discount or double club card bonus for them as yet. Can you visualize the traffic jams and pensioner scuffles on those days at the smaller convenience stores?
I'm surprised Tesco have not introduced a pensioner day discount or double club card bonus for them as yet. Can you visualize the traffic jams and pensioner scuffles on those days at the smaller convenience stores? Skijumper
  • Score: -14

2:41pm Fri 4 Apr 14

warlord1 says...

Skijumper wrote:
Why are these people so afraid of Tesco? Tesco convenience stores, coupled with internet shopping is the way forward. I don't think the majority of the 2000 anti's represent the younger generations point of view, who are already modern conditioned shoppers who appreciate that it is extremely convenient to be able to have a facility on the doorstep which virtually has all their shopping needs under one roof and especially safer for their accompanying children as opposed to crossing roads to get to other stores within the locality. I’m sure that busy young parents do appreciate having extra time saved to spend with their children as opposed to the rigours of having to use multiple shops. It appears that the opposition people in failing to patronise their local pub are now trying to close the stable door after the horse has already bolted. Independent store’s are on the way out and I feel will increasingly no doubt die off in the future. The future generations will benefit in many aspects of course.
Thank you for this and the other dismissive, childish comments.

There are a number of issues here, including the loss of 42 jobs in the 3 existing stores in Areley Kings, of which 14 are full time jobs. Tesco will create about 20 they say, yet all but the supervisor's job will be zero hours, minimum wage jobs. If the existing businesses fold, which is very likely, Tesco's 'new jobs' will not compenate.

If any of you can drive, you'll know Areley Kings is a nightmare at busy times. Cars rush to get into passing spaces so exceed the 30ph speed limit. Cars mount the pavements to pass bin lorries, deliveries etc. Have you tried pushing a pushchair along Areley Common?

This is not NIMBYism. This is about preserving Areley Kings' residents' quality of life and amenity. The Tesco Express is not needed, not wanted and will blight the area.

The councillors need to pin back their ears and listen to their voters. The rest of you need to play a part in safeguarding your communities instead of slagging off the efforts of others. Just because the planners have decimated Kidderminster town centre doesn't mean we give them freedom to do the same to the rest of the district.
[quote][p][bold]Skijumper[/bold] wrote: Why are these people so afraid of Tesco? Tesco convenience stores, coupled with internet shopping is the way forward. I don't think the majority of the 2000 anti's represent the younger generations point of view, who are already modern conditioned shoppers who appreciate that it is extremely convenient to be able to have a facility on the doorstep which virtually has all their shopping needs under one roof and especially safer for their accompanying children as opposed to crossing roads to get to other stores within the locality. I’m sure that busy young parents do appreciate having extra time saved to spend with their children as opposed to the rigours of having to use multiple shops. It appears that the opposition people in failing to patronise their local pub are now trying to close the stable door after the horse has already bolted. Independent store’s are on the way out and I feel will increasingly no doubt die off in the future. The future generations will benefit in many aspects of course.[/p][/quote]Thank you for this and the other dismissive, childish comments. There are a number of issues here, including the loss of 42 jobs in the 3 existing stores in Areley Kings, of which 14 are full time jobs. Tesco will create about 20 they say, yet all but the supervisor's job will be zero hours, minimum wage jobs. If the existing businesses fold, which is very likely, Tesco's 'new jobs' will not compenate. If any of you can drive, you'll know Areley Kings is a nightmare at busy times. Cars rush to get into passing spaces so exceed the 30ph speed limit. Cars mount the pavements to pass bin lorries, deliveries etc. Have you tried pushing a pushchair along Areley Common? This is not NIMBYism. This is about preserving Areley Kings' residents' quality of life and amenity. The Tesco Express is not needed, not wanted and will blight the area. The councillors need to pin back their ears and listen to their voters. The rest of you need to play a part in safeguarding your communities instead of slagging off the efforts of others. Just because the planners have decimated Kidderminster town centre doesn't mean we give them freedom to do the same to the rest of the district. warlord1
  • Score: 12

3:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Skijumper says...

Nobody is slagging off your "Victor Meldrew" syndrome. ‘Get a life', 'Wake up to reality’, ‘the times they are a changin', for the better! You did not patronise the 'Squirrel' pub so don't patronise Tesco. Job done! The future belongs to the younger income stretched generation who can’t afford what we enjoyed in the past. Your vote will be overshadowed by the younger generation; they need things to change more than people with, one foot in the grave!
Nobody is slagging off your "Victor Meldrew" syndrome. ‘Get a life', 'Wake up to reality’, ‘the times they are a changin', for the better! You did not patronise the 'Squirrel' pub so don't patronise Tesco. Job done! The future belongs to the younger income stretched generation who can’t afford what we enjoyed in the past. Your vote will be overshadowed by the younger generation; they need things to change more than people with, one foot in the grave! Skijumper
  • Score: -10

4:31pm Fri 4 Apr 14

warlord1 says...

It has nothing to do with younger people affording things that you could. Tesco intends to open a convenience store - things there are not the same price as in their supermarkets. This is not about young or old. It is about local amenity. There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad. Another store will split the market so one will have to close - and that won't be the multinational Tesco. Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support. Then there's the traffic on a crowded Areley Common, the pollution, the risk to the children on the Safe Route to school, conflist with the 7 bus services every hour, and the noice and loss of amenity of the local residents. Don't bleat to us when you're ripped off by Tesco, the only store in town.
It has nothing to do with younger people affording things that you could. Tesco intends to open a convenience store - things there are not the same price as in their supermarkets. This is not about young or old. It is about local amenity. There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad. Another store will split the market so one will have to close - and that won't be the multinational Tesco. Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support. Then there's the traffic on a crowded Areley Common, the pollution, the risk to the children on the Safe Route to school, conflist with the 7 bus services every hour, and the noice and loss of amenity of the local residents. Don't bleat to us when you're ripped off by Tesco, the only store in town. warlord1
  • Score: 13

5:11pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Skijumper says...

warlord1 wrote:
It has nothing to do with younger people affording things that you could. Tesco intends to open a convenience store - things there are not the same price as in their supermarkets. This is not about young or old. It is about local amenity. There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad. Another store will split the market so one will have to close - and that won't be the multinational Tesco. Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support. Then there's the traffic on a crowded Areley Common, the pollution, the risk to the children on the Safe Route to school, conflist with the 7 bus services every hour, and the noice and loss of amenity of the local residents. Don't bleat to us when you're ripped off by Tesco, the only store in town.
1. “There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad.”
Is this the same store that maybe undercut the local pub 'The Squirrel's' alcohol etc prices?
2. “Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support”.
Yes the very same people who could not be bothered to offer their loyalty or support to their own local on the doorstep "Squirrel”. Pub.
You reap what you sow!
[quote][p][bold]warlord1[/bold] wrote: It has nothing to do with younger people affording things that you could. Tesco intends to open a convenience store - things there are not the same price as in their supermarkets. This is not about young or old. It is about local amenity. There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad. Another store will split the market so one will have to close - and that won't be the multinational Tesco. Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support. Then there's the traffic on a crowded Areley Common, the pollution, the risk to the children on the Safe Route to school, conflist with the 7 bus services every hour, and the noice and loss of amenity of the local residents. Don't bleat to us when you're ripped off by Tesco, the only store in town.[/p][/quote]1. “There is already a convenience store in the village and its product range is reasonably priced and broad.” Is this the same store that maybe undercut the local pub 'The Squirrel's' alcohol etc prices? 2. “Thus we lose stable jobs in our economy because people can't be bothered to offer their loyalty or support”. Yes the very same people who could not be bothered to offer their loyalty or support to their own local on the doorstep "Squirrel”. Pub. You reap what you sow! Skijumper
  • Score: -5

9:24am Sun 6 Apr 14

Kiddy Echo says...

Actually.....you say the Tescos express is not needed. Are we talking just Arely Kings residents or other communities that side of the river?
As it stands, there is a Londis that may be affected by a Tesco opening. Unfortunately for Londis, this is business. Tough. Adapt or lose. Everytime someone looks like they are going to have some competition are we going to petition about that? No. Of course not.
The fact is that Tescos express will be highly convenient for the communities that side of the river. It will be quick, easy and they will sell **** good egg mayo sandwiches.
It is a case of NIMBY. The fact is you don't want this store in Areley Kings. You moan about a Tescos yet did you moan when they built a Londis?!
Yes the traffic is a nightmare at busy times. Unfortunately Park Street in Kidderminster is a nightmare at busy times, as are the narrow back lanes of Bewdley. You cant stop Tescos being built. It would be convenient for passers by and residents. Get over it
Actually.....you say the Tescos express is not needed. Are we talking just Arely Kings residents or other communities that side of the river? As it stands, there is a Londis that may be affected by a Tesco opening. Unfortunately for Londis, this is business. Tough. Adapt or lose. Everytime someone looks like they are going to have some competition are we going to petition about that? No. Of course not. The fact is that Tescos express will be highly convenient for the communities that side of the river. It will be quick, easy and they will sell **** good egg mayo sandwiches. It is a case of NIMBY. The fact is you don't want this store in Areley Kings. You moan about a Tescos yet did you moan when they built a Londis?! Yes the traffic is a nightmare at busy times. Unfortunately Park Street in Kidderminster is a nightmare at busy times, as are the narrow back lanes of Bewdley. You cant stop Tescos being built. It would be convenient for passers by and residents. Get over it Kiddy Echo
  • Score: -4

11:09am Sun 6 Apr 14

Wagtail59 says...

Well done residents in Areley Common it is your democratic right to protest.
My understanding is that Stourport Town Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed development representing communities both sides of the river. Those who wish to support the opening of a Tesco have the option of organising their own campaign. Within the limitations imposed by UK planning law this is democracy in action.
Well done residents in Areley Common it is your democratic right to protest. My understanding is that Stourport Town Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed development representing communities both sides of the river. Those who wish to support the opening of a Tesco have the option of organising their own campaign. Within the limitations imposed by UK planning law this is democracy in action. Wagtail59
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Sun 6 Apr 14

John Herbert Smith says...

Why is everyone getting annoyed?

Clearly, noone is going to shop there and will close down within weeks....
Why is everyone getting annoyed? Clearly, noone is going to shop there and will close down within weeks.... John Herbert Smith
  • Score: -5

11:22am Mon 7 Apr 14

silverfox1953 says...

I agree entirely with the comments made by Warlord1.This village cannot support two convenience stores selling similar products. Jobs will be lost over a period of time at Londis and possibly within weeks at the newsagents. When Londis moved in Areley Kings it was only to a larger store with off road parking which the previous store did not have.
Tesco have only been interested in this site due to the recent planning application for Pearl Lane and future rural countryside plots being bought up by property developers in the near future.
They have taken forever to start the building works in the town centre. Please finish off this development before you decide to take over the whole town.
One final point for Skijumper this petition has been signed by a very good cross section of people not just the older generation. In fact some of them are keen for the store to go ahead so will not agree to lobbying on our part.
I agree entirely with the comments made by Warlord1.This village cannot support two convenience stores selling similar products. Jobs will be lost over a period of time at Londis and possibly within weeks at the newsagents. When Londis moved in Areley Kings it was only to a larger store with off road parking which the previous store did not have. Tesco have only been interested in this site due to the recent planning application for Pearl Lane and future rural countryside plots being bought up by property developers in the near future. They have taken forever to start the building works in the town centre. Please finish off this development before you decide to take over the whole town. One final point for Skijumper this petition has been signed by a very good cross section of people not just the older generation. In fact some of them are keen for the store to go ahead so will not agree to lobbying on our part. silverfox1953
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Bcfc1186 says...

I've said before - let it open, and if it is not required or used then it would close down within weeks.

The fact is, 1999 of the 2000 signatories will shop there.

As for comments about an increase in traffic, I've rarely heard anything so ridiculous! Do you think people are going to travel from miles around to visit a Tesco Express in Arley Kings??
I've said before - let it open, and if it is not required or used then it would close down within weeks. The fact is, 1999 of the 2000 signatories will shop there. As for comments about an increase in traffic, I've rarely heard anything so ridiculous! Do you think people are going to travel from miles around to visit a Tesco Express in Arley Kings?? Bcfc1186
  • Score: -2

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