Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
As stated before, the elections were held on 1st May 2003, the document was signed on 9th May and the first council meeting was held on 14th May. Did the executive committee have the authority to sign such a document, and why has the Guardian been told while we are all waiting for the outcome of an investigation into the secret agreement?
On a different traffic note I am starting to get some visitors to the blog and one or two comments which is good. Having the website as well means greater exposure in search engines for casual searchers. The more the merrier!
Friday, May 26, 2006
A website as well!!
Let me know what you think of the website, I will keep adding to this blog as I get any news though.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Markets NOT supermarkets
The article also includes the results of a survey of 1,000 people for ICM last week that found more than 80 per cent of consumers want new laws brought in to curb the power of the big supermarket chains.
A similar article in the Sunday Times states that Farmers Markets are also cheaper than supermarkets, although not as cheap as street markets.
A couple of things
For example, point 2 " we want to double the amount of cans, cartons, paper and bottles that you bring in for recycling." Why don't they just reduce the amount of packaging they use, it would have the same effect!
Point 4. "our nutritional food labels will be on every eligible own-label pack by spring next year." But these are not the ones agreed by the Food Agency as Tesco don't want to frighten you in to not buying food that is bad for you, so they have come up with their own confusing system.
Point 8. "We'd also like to talk to you more when we plan our stores." Note, talk to you, not listen to you, there is a difference.
While some of their points might be positive, in reality they are things they should and would be doing anyway just re-packaged to impress gullible shoppers and politicians.
OK rant over!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Welcome new readers
If there is anything you think should be put on the site then email me at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 19, 2006
A message from Terry Leahy
As you may know, supermarkets are facing the possibility of a lengthy Competition Commission investigation into the part they play in the grocery market.
I would like to stress how vital it is that we are not distracted from doing the things that we know are right for our customers.
Our plans this year are our best ever. We have launched a Customer Plan, which will allow us to improve all aspects of our shopping trip and a new Community Plan, that will recognise the important part we all play in local people’s lives.
Remember - it is what our customers think that is important. So please be warm and friendly and, if they raise any concerns, ask them to judge us on their shopping experience, not on what critics and competitors say.
I am sure you will be reassured to know that we are putting together an expert team to make our case, as we have done with previous inquiries. For everyone else, please focus on business as usual and looking after our customers.
Of course they're not worried about it!!
Taking Every Shopping Centre Over
letters in North Norfolk News
I guess it depends what question you ask!
I wouldn't say no to a Tesco in the right place and of an appropriate size, the current proposal is neither. So my objections will continue.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Ombudsman begins investigation
BBC News article
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sheringham makes the front cover of Ecologist
"The Tesco Chain Store Massacre Cover story ‘It’s about what we are – an individual town, or just like everywhere else? An individual life, or a life controlled by someone else?’ How one small town took on Tesco – and won. Paul Kingsnorth reports."
Thanks to marmaLADYa for spotting this.
Sheringham will soon have a Tesco superstore ... whether they want one or not.
You can watch it here (the Tesco report starts 21 minutes into the programme and lasts for 10 minutes) Politics Show East 14th May 2006
more details of secret document?
Friday, May 12, 2006
Tesco kept in the news
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Sir Terry Leahy begins Tesco charm offensive
The problem is that they want planning rules relaxed to enable them to get planning permission for large wind turbines, and a rate reduction if they build them, and the profits they make still don't benefit the local economy.
On Newsnight last night Sir Terry Leahy gave a smarmy performance and tried to rebut accusations that they bullied planning departments and abused the power their size gives them."We don't always win, we do give up" he said of planning applications. "The decison is not ours, but we do advance our arguments". In his Community Plan Sir Terry promised they would listen to residents and even that they may not build Tesco stores if they weren't wanted. As for addressing criticism that its stores open in places it is not wanted Sir Terry said Tesco would consult local communities "proactively" from 2007. "This is not a paper exercise. It will be our opportunity to listen and do practical things about concerns," he said.
Now there's a challenge I can't refuse. I feel a letter to Sir Terry coming on.
Sir Terry Leahy
Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 18
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Competition Commission to investigate supermarkets
Not a surprise to those of us who have been following the Tesco planning application. Unfortunately it may have come too late to save Sheringham. However, I have written to the inquiry asking them to investigate the Tesco legal agreement with the Council which prevents other supermarkets negotiating with the council for land. You can do the same by sending a letter to
The Inquiry Secretary (Groceries market inquiry)
or email email@example.com
In the detailed reasons the OFT states that Tesco now appears to have nearly twice the market share (in terms of overall grocery retailing)of its nearest competitor, more than 30% of the overall market. Surely, this alone is reason enough to prevent the further expansion of the Tesco empire.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Left hand - right hand !
In another section Appendix 10 location of retail and Commercial leisure development they state that retail development over 750 sqm should only take place in Cromer, Fakenham and North Walsham. It seems to me that one part of the council planning department is at odds with another. If Tesco obtains planning permission then the LDF might just as well be chucked out of the window!
Monday, May 08, 2006
What do they have to hide?
Clearly they discussed the Tesco agreement not to use council land for an alternative supermarket site. Ultimately they resolved not to proceed with the consultation brief for Station Road produced for discussion with the public, before the public even had a say on it. They did agree to revisit the issue in Sept/Oct clearly hoping that Tesco would have received planning permission by then and it wouldn't be necessary.
Also, during the discussion any councillor with a personal interest was excluded from the debate. This seems a very short-sighted way to work. I always find this approach worrying, surely every view should be considered even if they are not allowed to vote. Would a business exclude those people who know most about a subject because they might be biased? Can anybody really say they are impartial?
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Time for action
We can but hope.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Sheringham sold down the river by secret deals.
Read the full story here Secret deal behind a Norfolk town's mystery U-turn on new supermarket
The EDP also reports the story Anger at 11th hour Tesco document
What we need to know now is how the advice of planning staff to councillors was influenced by this document. More importantly though, what other documents and deals are still hiding in the shadows?