CAMPAIGNERS backing a new Tesco superstore at Felixstowe today claimed support for the project is growing daily.

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The support group has been launched because people fear the project’s opponents – who also claim their numbers are increasing – could persuade planners to reject the scheme for the 30,000sq ft supermarket.

It is certainly a debate which has split the area’s population.

Antony Perkins, who is organising the support for the multi-million pound project at Walton Green, said: “In many cases there is a silent majority who just believe an important development will be approved.

“But I think we have got to make some noise and let our councillors know that there is support for this superstore.

"If we sit back, only those who are against it will have their views heard."

Antony Perkins, pro-Tesco campaigner

“If we sit back, only those who are against it will have their views heard.

“We don’t want to lose this chance for people in Felixstowe to shop closer to home and have a real choice.”

Mr Perkins, 28, of Elizabeth Way, Felixstowe, who works as a refrigeration technician, said people were being encouraged to write letters to Suffolk Coastal giving their views and to add their names to the on-line petition.

“I believe there are a lot of people for this development. Lots of people already go to Tesco at Martlesham to shop and it would save that journey. It would provide more competition and choice, and I don’t believe it would have a big impact on the town centre – it’s not going to harm the charity shops and coffee houses.”

He said the group had put up a number of pro-Tesco signs but some had already been stolen or ripped down.

The Walton Felixstowe Community First action group – which is fighting the development – says the Walton Green development will be twice the size Suffolk Coastal says the town needs for its future needs.

It will deprive town centre supermarkets of £4m trade – and take trade from other businesses by reducing footfall in Hamilton Road.

7 comments

  • i will still be going to town for the same things as i do now, when tesco comes it means i dont have to go to ippy to do our shop, i went in tesco in town today for my babys food, but they dont stock it , only big stores do,

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    Gillian Read

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Need to get behind this before it's to late this what our town need's a choice in where we shop get with times people come and join our Facebook page for more information. Say YES to Tesco in Felixstowe

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    Antony Perkins

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I suspect it will eventually get planning approval (as do most national applicants) with the added incentive of the additional housing.

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    DALINE

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Yes of course. Where else will I buy my horse from?

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    Stephen Hope

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • It is just about the damage it could do to our town centre but all shops in the felixstowe. And if you say you want choose does that mean we should allow ASDA, Waitrose , Aldi, Sainburys and any other supermarket to build in town . Never mind there won't be enough busy for them all. Alot of people shop on- line so it isn't as if you can buy form the major supermarkets if you want and they aren't in your town and surely it is better to have several small trucks delievering say 30- 40 poeple sho that an extar 30-40 more car journey . Tesco have already admitted it will take million out of the town centre and other shops in Felixstowe but also the shop they plan to build is to big and the turnover activied alot less that there national average.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • i would love a asda down here

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    Gillian Read

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Well done FelixstoweStar for reporting both sides of the story. I support the ‘Yes’ camp on the basis that it will save me driving to IpswichMartlesham to shop and when I do my online shopping they wont have to travel so far. Let them build it and then let the people vote with their feet (or walletspurses). Theres a definite market for it here. People go to Solar Co’op as they like their products and not because it’s the cheapest, they go to Lidl for value for money and they shop at Morrisons for choice, or they choose based on location. There is already a Tesco in the town centre which always seems fairly busy so I don’t really understand how other traders are going to miss out on business – I don’t get my weekly shop from the charity shops, coffee shops, clothes outlets, paper shops, etc etc, but I do go to these businesses when I have a need for coffee, clothes, papers etc. I also go to places like butchers and bakers when I need quality meat and bread. There has also be lots of talk about the houses taking up prime farming land – people seem to forget that the main bulk of the Trimley Estate was built on prime farming land not that long ago in the great scale of things! I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t want it in my back garden, but to be fair, there aren’t many back gardens it would affect and we do need to move with the times.

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    Homeofstowe

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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