Say no to Tesco at Romsey, urge county highways chiefs

Daily Echo: CONTROVERSIAL: An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco store at Romsey. CONTROVERSIAL: An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco store at Romsey.

ROAD bosses have called for controversial plans for a Tesco supermarket in Romsey to be refused.

A report by Hampshire highway chiefs says they were “unable to provide a positive recommendation” for the scheme. It believes the current roads would be unsuitable to take the amount and type of traffic generated by such a store.

Tesco has said it will be working with the council to address the issues raised.

The supermarket giant has put in a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council for a store with a 400-space car park on a six-acre site known as Fairground Field, on the Broadlands Estate.

Tesco says it will provide 200 jobs and draw people in to Romsey therefore benefiting other businesses through linked shopping trips.

Opponents fear that the store will cause congestion, damage the setting of Romsey and threaten the viability of town centre shops.

As part of the planning process the county’s Highways Authority must assess the impact on local roads.

The report states: “It has not been demonstrated that the local highway network is capable of operating adequately and safely with the additional traffic likely to be generated by the site.”

The report said that the proposed access for the store onto Bypass Road and a controlled crossing close to the exit of the roundabout would impact on the safety of road users.

It found there were not enough alternative transport options meaning more car trips, affecting the environment and roads.

It also raised concern that traffic delays on the bypass road as a result could affect traffic within Romsey, but did consider the road capable of carrying the estimated 18 delivery vehicles each day safely.

Romsey Mayor Mark Cooper, also a county councillor for Romsey and a borough councillor for Romsey Tadburn, said: “The expressed view of thousands of Romsey people is that traffic volumes and congestion will be a major issue in making a Broadlands Tesco unworkable.

“The professional officers of the County Council agree with them.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “Whilst disappointed with the interim recommendation, we are pleased that the County Council believe our store will be very popular with Romsey customers. In the coming weeks we will work with Hampshire County Council to answer the questions they have raised.”

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2:45pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Bagamn says...

When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.
When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away. Bagamn
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2:51pm Fri 2 Nov 12

owen_thesaints says...

Bagamn wrote:
When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.
Ok I'll bite...where do you do your weekly shop?
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.[/p][/quote]Ok I'll bite...where do you do your weekly shop? owen_thesaints
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3:48pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Bagamn says...

owen_thesaints wrote:
Bagamn wrote:
When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.
Ok I'll bite...where do you do your weekly shop?
I don't have a car so SWainsburys deliver.
[quote][p][bold]owen_thesaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.[/p][/quote]Ok I'll bite...where do you do your weekly shop?[/p][/quote]I don't have a car so SWainsburys deliver. Bagamn
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3:56pm Fri 2 Nov 12

VIVERS says...

BLAH BLAH BLAH
There are so many thing more important than worrying about tesco moving into the area. The price for your property going down because tescos have moved just down the road coz really thats what its all about. bearing in mind that most of romsey are pikys anyway who really gives a fxxk
BLAH BLAH BLAH There are so many thing more important than worrying about tesco moving into the area. The price for your property going down because tescos have moved just down the road coz really thats what its all about. bearing in mind that most of romsey are pikys anyway who really gives a fxxk VIVERS
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4:57pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Georgem says...

Bagamn wrote:
When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.
When will they get the message? When people stop shopping there. No offence, but I think Tesco know more than you about where a store is and isn't going to be viable. If, as you claim, Tesco are not wanted, then nobody will shop there. I'd bet cold hard cash that they will, though.

Like you say, this isn't a communist country, therefore, free enterprise exists. Tesco can try and make a store a success, and market forces will decide whether or not it works.
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: When is Tesco going to get the message that they are not wanted. everyone has had enough of them forcing their shops on us. This is not a communist country where we are told what we want, so take your business elsewhere. There shops in the U.S. are not going down too well as they expected. Just stop being so greedy and go away.[/p][/quote]When will they get the message? When people stop shopping there. No offence, but I think Tesco know more than you about where a store is and isn't going to be viable. If, as you claim, Tesco are not wanted, then nobody will shop there. I'd bet cold hard cash that they will, though. Like you say, this isn't a communist country, therefore, free enterprise exists. Tesco can try and make a store a success, and market forces will decide whether or not it works. Georgem
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5:06pm Fri 2 Nov 12

sotonboy84 says...

Yes, of course people will shop there but that doesn't mean that Tesco is right for Romsey.
People will shop there, shops in the town will eventually close until Romsey is a dead town of shut up, decaying shops.
If people want a cheaper, bigger shop to go to then there are plenty of bigger supermarkets nearby. People need to think outside the box and think what's more important, preserving a thriving market town or having a having a chain supermarket a couple of miles closer.
If Tesco get their way then the people that say they 'need' a Tesco will soon be moaning that Romsey is no longer a nice place and full of nothing but boarded up shops and pubs.
Yes, of course people will shop there but that doesn't mean that Tesco is right for Romsey. People will shop there, shops in the town will eventually close until Romsey is a dead town of shut up, decaying shops. If people want a cheaper, bigger shop to go to then there are plenty of bigger supermarkets nearby. People need to think outside the box and think what's more important, preserving a thriving market town or having a having a chain supermarket a couple of miles closer. If Tesco get their way then the people that say they 'need' a Tesco will soon be moaning that Romsey is no longer a nice place and full of nothing but boarded up shops and pubs. sotonboy84
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6:59pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Vix1 says...

SAY YES TO TESCO!!!!! x
SAY YES TO TESCO!!!!! x Vix1
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7:43pm Fri 2 Nov 12

housewife says...

PUT THE SHOP WHERE THE HOUSES ARE
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ABBOTSWOOD AND WHITENAP
PUT THE SHOP WHERE THE HOUSES ARE . ABBOTSWOOD AND WHITENAP housewife
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1:44pm Sat 3 Nov 12

sass says...

If the roads are inadequate they should be upgraded. The entire country is congested but you can't stop procreation! Get with the programme.
If the roads are inadequate they should be upgraded. The entire country is congested but you can't stop procreation! Get with the programme. sass
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10:24am Mon 5 Nov 12

VIVERS says...

Vix1 wrote:
SAY YES TO TESCO!!!!! x
you go vix yeahhhhh
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: SAY YES TO TESCO!!!!! x[/p][/quote]you go vix yeahhhhh VIVERS
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