Areley Kings residents plan to take on Tesco Express application

Areley Kings residents plan to take on Tesco Express application

Areley Kings residents plan to take on Tesco Express application

Areley Kings residents plan to take on Tesco Express application

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BATTLE lines have been drawn by residents of Areley Kings who say they intend to object to a bid by Tesco to move into the village.

About 100 people packed Areley Kings Methodist Church for a public meeting last night to discuss a proposal to turn The Squirrel Pub, Areley Common, into a Tesco Express store.

Tesco submitted a planning application for the move yesterday and Labour councillor Jamie Shaw, who hosted the meeting, confirmed the final decision would be made by Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee, possibly next month.

That means councillors will ultimately decide the application's fate and applicants and members of the public will be able to attend the committee meeting.

The plans have drawn a mixed reaction since being reported by The Shuttle last week but residents at last night's meeting overwhelmingly raised concerns about the volume of traffic the store could cause as well as local businesses and jobs being lost and it was announced a petition opposing the plans had received 1,500 signatures.

One resident, Debbie Carr, told the meeting she could feel her house shake when heavy vehicles drove past and feared more lorries on the road could damage her property.

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar, who will host another meeting next Monday at 7.30pm at Areley Kings Village Hall, however, has previously told The Shuttle the shop would create about 20 jobs and boost the local economy.

As well as discussing plans to participate in the planning process at yesterday's meeting, residents revealed they would consider registering the Squirrel as an "asset of community value".

That could see a community group apply to the district council to list the site and would give members six months to raise funds and bid for it.

Areley Kings resident Rebecca Williams said: "I think it is clear the community is sticking together and they are determined to fight."

Ms Carr said she was confident villagers could halt the plans. "I think it will be a lot more heated on Monday and people will be quite angry," she added. "People in this village are passionate about this village."

The controversy started earlier this month when it was revealed Tesco had taken a lease from Squirrel owners Punch Taverns.

Responding to early fears, Mr Petar told The Shuttle: “There is every reason to believe we will co-exist and complement the existing independent traders, as we do in villages and small towns across the country.”

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10:25am Fri 14 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

i realy dont belive this rubbish, tesco will do the so called village good not harm, cant you see that, it will give local people jobs which is what is needed might get some lazy people off there arses
i realy dont belive this rubbish, tesco will do the so called village good not harm, cant you see that, it will give local people jobs which is what is needed might get some lazy people off there arses gypsyman1
  • Score: -7

10:35am Fri 14 Mar 14

Wagtail59 says...

I urge Tesco to do the decent thing and withdraw their application. When quite so many residents feel the need to express their views by placing posters in their windows, the alarm bells should certainly start ringing.
I urge Tesco to do the decent thing and withdraw their application. When quite so many residents feel the need to express their views by placing posters in their windows, the alarm bells should certainly start ringing. Wagtail59
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Bcfc1186 says...

The proof will be in the pudding - let the open it, boycott it, they will lose money and close.

It's that simple.

But we all know that won't happen though will it? Because the amount of people that would use would ensure it turns a profit, a profitable store remains open.

It's pathetic that the residents think they are too good for a Tesco!
The proof will be in the pudding - let the open it, boycott it, they will lose money and close. It's that simple. But we all know that won't happen though will it? Because the amount of people that would use would ensure it turns a profit, a profitable store remains open. It's pathetic that the residents think they are too good for a Tesco! Bcfc1186
  • Score: -10

3:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the batshake says...

So where do all the residents of Areley kings do all their shopping? The local store? I very much doubt it, no they use a supermarket like everyone else, they just prefer it that said supermarket to be in someone else's back yard. I guarantee that everyone who has one of those posters in their window uses tesco or some other supermarket somewhere else. Nimbyism at its best.
So where do all the residents of Areley kings do all their shopping? The local store? I very much doubt it, no they use a supermarket like everyone else, they just prefer it that said supermarket to be in someone else's back yard. I guarantee that everyone who has one of those posters in their window uses tesco or some other supermarket somewhere else. Nimbyism at its best. the batshake
  • Score: -2

3:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the batshake says...

One more thing, looking at the photo attached to this article a vast majority of the people at that meeting were over 60 years old, maybe it should occur to them that things change, progress happens, facts that the younger generation understand and in many case's embrace.
One more thing, looking at the photo attached to this article a vast majority of the people at that meeting were over 60 years old, maybe it should occur to them that things change, progress happens, facts that the younger generation understand and in many case's embrace. the batshake
  • Score: -9

7:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

silverfox1953 says...

To all those who have commented that Tesco should be given the go ahead in Areley Kings they obviously live outside the area.The village is already adequately supplied by a good convenience store, pharmacy and newsagents.Another convenience store will not only add to an already problematic traffic issues but in the long term will lead to job losses at the existing stores and as for creating 20 new jobs they will only be on short part-time hours apart from senior management.The existing stores supply longer working hours which Tesco will not match.Shame on the pubs owners Punch Taverns for not investing capital into their building because if it was refurbished I am sure that it could again become the hub of the community.
And as for the age comments I am sure Debbie Carr and Rebecca Williams would thank you for calling them over 60!!!
To all those who have commented that Tesco should be given the go ahead in Areley Kings they obviously live outside the area.The village is already adequately supplied by a good convenience store, pharmacy and newsagents.Another convenience store will not only add to an already problematic traffic issues but in the long term will lead to job losses at the existing stores and as for creating 20 new jobs they will only be on short part-time hours apart from senior management.The existing stores supply longer working hours which Tesco will not match.Shame on the pubs owners Punch Taverns for not investing capital into their building because if it was refurbished I am sure that it could again become the hub of the community. And as for the age comments I am sure Debbie Carr and Rebecca Williams would thank you for calling them over 60!!! silverfox1953
  • Score: 10

8:10pm Fri 14 Mar 14

steve627 says...

Areley Kings 'Village'?

Next to Walshes Village
Areley Kings 'Village'? Next to Walshes Village steve627
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

the batshake says...

I said a majority.
I said a majority. the batshake
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

the batshake wrote:
So where do all the residents of Areley kings do all their shopping? The local store? I very much doubt it, no they use a supermarket like everyone else, they just prefer it that said supermarket to be in someone else's back yard. I guarantee that everyone who has one of those posters in their window uses tesco or some other supermarket somewhere else. Nimbyism at its best.
no most of them go to tescos in town or kiddy funny how im always seing a tesco delivery van delivering shopping to houses up arley kings, flat out past me every day i see him.
[quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: So where do all the residents of Areley kings do all their shopping? The local store? I very much doubt it, no they use a supermarket like everyone else, they just prefer it that said supermarket to be in someone else's back yard. I guarantee that everyone who has one of those posters in their window uses tesco or some other supermarket somewhere else. Nimbyism at its best.[/p][/quote]no most of them go to tescos in town or kiddy funny how im always seing a tesco delivery van delivering shopping to houses up arley kings, flat out past me every day i see him. gypsyman1
  • Score: -3

10:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

steve627 wrote:
Areley Kings 'Village'?

Next to Walshes Village
its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village
[quote][p][bold]steve627[/bold] wrote: Areley Kings 'Village'? Next to Walshes Village[/p][/quote]its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village gypsyman1
  • Score: -2

2:01pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Wagtail59 says...

Call it a 'settlement ' and still no need for two supermarkets. It will be interesting to hear from Tescos when they come to Areley Kings village hall.
Call it a 'settlement ' and still no need for two supermarkets. It will be interesting to hear from Tescos when they come to Areley Kings village hall. Wagtail59
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Sat 15 Mar 14

steve627 says...

Wagtail59 wrote:
Call it a 'settlement ' and still no need for two supermarkets. It will be interesting to hear from Tescos when they come to Areley Kings village hall.
Its called an estate in Stourport next to the Walshes. A drive thru KFC would be better to be honest
[quote][p][bold]Wagtail59[/bold] wrote: Call it a 'settlement ' and still no need for two supermarkets. It will be interesting to hear from Tescos when they come to Areley Kings village hall.[/p][/quote]Its called an estate in Stourport next to the Walshes. A drive thru KFC would be better to be honest steve627
  • Score: 0

9:34am Sun 16 Mar 14

stour67 says...

If the pub was the hub then why did it close ,oh yes nobody used it,anyway it will be sold off for social housing wait and see,
If the pub was the hub then why did it close ,oh yes nobody used it,anyway it will be sold off for social housing wait and see, stour67
  • Score: 2

12:00pm Sun 16 Mar 14

silverfox1953 says...

I said it was once the hub of the village but because the owners Punch Taverns have neglected to do any refurbishment in recent years the pub has gone into a sorry state of disrepair.This is no fault of the recent licenses and I
still feel it could recover if it were allowed to be purchased as a freehold and run by the community.Failing this there is an interest in turning the building into a doctors surgery together with a dentist and optician if the owners would only lower the asking price and not be so greedy.
I said it was once the hub of the village but because the owners Punch Taverns have neglected to do any refurbishment in recent years the pub has gone into a sorry state of disrepair.This is no fault of the recent licenses and I still feel it could recover if it were allowed to be purchased as a freehold and run by the community.Failing this there is an interest in turning the building into a doctors surgery together with a dentist and optician if the owners would only lower the asking price and not be so greedy. silverfox1953
  • Score: 7

12:31pm Sun 16 Mar 14

the batshake says...

It's NOT a bloody village.
It's NOT a bloody village. the batshake
  • Score: -6

7:23pm Sun 16 Mar 14

SamfromStourport says...

gypsyman1 wrote:
steve627 wrote:
Areley Kings 'Village'?

Next to Walshes Village
its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village
Areley Kings IS a village it was here long before Stourport
[quote][p][bold]gypsyman1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve627[/bold] wrote: Areley Kings 'Village'? Next to Walshes Village[/p][/quote]its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village[/p][/quote]Areley Kings IS a village it was here long before Stourport SamfromStourport
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Mon 17 Mar 14

John Herbert Smith says...

IT'S QUITE SIMPLE, IF YOU DON'T WANT A TESCO'S, DON'T SHOP THERE. THEN IT WILL CLOSE.

But of course, it won't! All the people moaning will be there on opening day, the shop will make a profit and the world will go on...

Move on, nothing to see here.
IT'S QUITE SIMPLE, IF YOU DON'T WANT A TESCO'S, DON'T SHOP THERE. THEN IT WILL CLOSE. But of course, it won't! All the people moaning will be there on opening day, the shop will make a profit and the world will go on... Move on, nothing to see here. John Herbert Smith
  • Score: 0

8:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

Bcfc1186 says...

Well said John Herbert Smith, nice to see there are at least a few of us with some common sense around here.
Well said John Herbert Smith, nice to see there are at least a few of us with some common sense around here. Bcfc1186
  • Score: -1

11:47am Tue 18 Mar 14

silverfox1953 says...

John Herbert Smith wrote:
IT'S QUITE SIMPLE, IF YOU DON'T WANT A TESCO'S, DON'T SHOP THERE. THEN IT WILL CLOSE.

But of course, it won't! All the people moaning will be there on opening day, the shop will make a profit and the world will go on...

Move on, nothing to see here.
From your comments it seems that you did not attend last nights public meeting.The people in attendance voted overwhelmingly to boycott the store if if opens.Tesco representatives seem to think they can work side by side with the existing businesses. I don't think so.A strict boycott will hopefully make them change their business plans.
[quote][p][bold]John Herbert Smith[/bold] wrote: IT'S QUITE SIMPLE, IF YOU DON'T WANT A TESCO'S, DON'T SHOP THERE. THEN IT WILL CLOSE. But of course, it won't! All the people moaning will be there on opening day, the shop will make a profit and the world will go on... Move on, nothing to see here.[/p][/quote]From your comments it seems that you did not attend last nights public meeting.The people in attendance voted overwhelmingly to boycott the store if if opens.Tesco representatives seem to think they can work side by side with the existing businesses. I don't think so.A strict boycott will hopefully make them change their business plans. silverfox1953
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Skijumper says...

"What goes around comes around" or "as you sow, so shall you reap" is the basic understanding of how karma, the law of cause and effect, works.
My opinion: The pub closed down because it sold less alcohol etc owing to the local convenience store attracting the deserting pub's customers by undercutting the pub's prices. So now the customer base given the opportunity, will once again desert no doubt one convenience store, for another one that undercuts the other's prices etc. Hence, "What goes around comes around". Had the locals patronised the Squirrel pub then this issue would never had arisen, It’s not rocket science is it? At the end of the day Tesco will breathe new life into a building deserted by the very people who deserted it in the first place.
"What goes around comes around" or "as you sow, so shall you reap" is the basic understanding of how karma, the law of cause and effect, works. My opinion: The pub closed down because it sold less alcohol etc owing to the local convenience store attracting the deserting pub's customers by undercutting the pub's prices. So now the customer base given the opportunity, will once again desert no doubt one convenience store, for another one that undercuts the other's prices etc. Hence, "What goes around comes around". Had the locals patronised the Squirrel pub then this issue would never had arisen, It’s not rocket science is it? At the end of the day Tesco will breathe new life into a building deserted by the very people who deserted it in the first place. Skijumper
  • Score: 0

8:15am Sun 23 Mar 14

Skijumper says...

gypsyman1 wrote:
steve627 wrote:
Areley Kings 'Village'?

Next to Walshes Village
its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village
Should councils at some stage decide to increase council tax for residents who live within the confines of a village .I guess some residents of Areley Kings would be claiming that they did not live in a village.
[quote][p][bold]gypsyman1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve627[/bold] wrote: Areley Kings 'Village'? Next to Walshes Village[/p][/quote]its not even a village lol the resedents just started calling it one its NOT a village[/p][/quote]Should councils at some stage decide to increase council tax for residents who live within the confines of a village .I guess some residents of Areley Kings would be claiming that they did not live in a village. Skijumper
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Sun 23 Mar 14

silverfox1953 says...

Most people don't visit the pub because the brewery has let it become run down shabby and in a sorry state of repair.If they had invested wisely the pub would have attracted more trade and then this would not have occurred. Would you please check out your facts first Skijumper as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed.I assume this will happen if Tesco get their planning application granted in early April but if enough people oppose this application we can still stop the take over. So please write to Paul Round. Developement Control, Wyre Forest DC, Wyre Forest House,Finepoint Way Kidderminster DY11 7WF Quote Planning Application 14/0126/FULL Squirrel Inn 61 Areley Common by 03/04/2014 lodging your reasons for complaint.The more letters sent will increase our chances of stopping this application being passed.
Most people don't visit the pub because the brewery has let it become run down shabby and in a sorry state of repair.If they had invested wisely the pub would have attracted more trade and then this would not have occurred. Would you please check out your facts first Skijumper as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed.I assume this will happen if Tesco get their planning application granted in early April but if enough people oppose this application we can still stop the take over. So please write to Paul Round. Developement Control, Wyre Forest DC, Wyre Forest House,Finepoint Way Kidderminster DY11 7WF Quote Planning Application 14/0126/FULL Squirrel Inn 61 Areley Common by 03/04/2014 lodging your reasons for complaint.The more letters sent will increase our chances of stopping this application being passed. silverfox1953
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Skijumper says...

silverfox1953 wrote:
Most people don't visit the pub because the brewery has let it become run down shabby and in a sorry state of repair.If they had invested wisely the pub would have attracted more trade and then this would not have occurred. Would you please check out your facts first Skijumper as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed.I assume this will happen if Tesco get their planning application granted in early April but if enough people oppose this application we can still stop the take over. So please write to Paul Round. Developement Control, Wyre Forest DC, Wyre Forest House,Finepoint Way Kidderminster DY11 7WF Quote Planning Application 14/0126/FULL Squirrel Inn 61 Areley Common by 03/04/2014 lodging your reasons for complaint.The more letters sent will increase our chances of stopping this application being passed.
Would you please check out your facts first 'Skijumper' as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed.

So have? the objectors decided to repent and use the 'Squirrel Pub'. If so it's more than too late. It's far too late to close the stable door after the 'horse has bolted! In stating this, Tesco have still given you the chance to redeem your past failures in not supporting your local but once again the objectors will fail.
[quote][p][bold]silverfox1953[/bold] wrote: Most people don't visit the pub because the brewery has let it become run down shabby and in a sorry state of repair.If they had invested wisely the pub would have attracted more trade and then this would not have occurred. Would you please check out your facts first Skijumper as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed.I assume this will happen if Tesco get their planning application granted in early April but if enough people oppose this application we can still stop the take over. So please write to Paul Round. Developement Control, Wyre Forest DC, Wyre Forest House,Finepoint Way Kidderminster DY11 7WF Quote Planning Application 14/0126/FULL Squirrel Inn 61 Areley Common by 03/04/2014 lodging your reasons for complaint.The more letters sent will increase our chances of stopping this application being passed.[/p][/quote]Would you please check out your facts first 'Skijumper' as the pub is still trading at present and has not yet closed. So have? the objectors decided to repent and use the 'Squirrel Pub'. If so it's more than too late. It's far too late to close the stable door after the 'horse has bolted! In stating this, Tesco have still given you the chance to redeem your past failures in not supporting your local but once again the objectors will fail. Skijumper
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Shibdrift says...

Get off your rocking chair and SHOP grandma!!
;o)
Get off your rocking chair and SHOP grandma!! ;o) Shibdrift
  • Score: -2

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