Archive for 24th October 2007

Public events meeting

A meeting will be held on Thursday 25th October at 6pm in the Baptist Church on Mill Road. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the next public events to be organised by the campaign. Please do come along if you would like to get involved and help with the organisation of these events.

A general public meeting is also being arranged and details will be notified to all our supporters.

Press release: Leader of Cambridge City Council calls for Office of Fair Trading intervention

The following press release below has been issued by the Leader of Cambridge City Council.

The letter to the Office of Fair Trading from the Leader of Cambridge City Council can be read online.

Competition review needed on Tesco proposal

The Leader of Cambridge City Council has called for the Office of Fair Trading to investigate proposals for a Tesco on Mill Road.

Local residents and traders are very concerned about the effect that a Tesco Express Store on the site would have on the independent traders of Mill Road. Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith has written to the Office of Fair Trading asking for an urgent review by the Competition Commission.

Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith commented:

“Tesco already has three supermarkets and three Express stores in Cambridge and has very few major rivals in the city. The addition of a Tesco store in Mill Road will further increase the company’s dominance within Cambridge as well as risking seriously damaging the diverse and independent stores on Mill Road.

“I have asked for an urgent investigation by the Competition Commission into Tesco’s proposed new store.”

Richard Rippin from the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign said:

“We’re delighted that we have cross party support at the City Council and that Cllr Nimmo-Smith has taken the step of referring this matter to the OFT. The incredibly strong feeling among local people and local politicians gives us confidence that together we can keep Tescos out and keep Mill Road special”