Archive for November 2007

CEN article: Anti-Tesco campaigners plan march down Mill Road

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to Tesco’s plans to open a store in a unique Cambridge road have organised a protest march.

Tesco wants to open a convenience store in Mill Road, but it has met fierce opposition from residents who fear it would ruin the character of the street, dominated by independent businesses and local traders.

The No Mill Road Tesco campaigners will march from the Parker’s Piece end of the street to the former Wilco site, which Tesco wants for a new store.

The march takes place on Saturday, November 24, at noon.

A spokesman said: “We hope everyone comes along and joins us in showing how much we want to save Mill Road.”

A meeting to discuss preparations takes place at Mill Road Baptist Church tomorrow at 7pm. If you would like to help email info _at_

Cambridge Evening News, 19th November 2007

Tesco van on the pavement

Here is an example of Tesco’s current level of regard for pedestrians and other users of Mill Road. Is this the future for Mill Road?

Tesco van on Mill Road

Tesco van unloading illegally on the pavement.

Letters to the paper in support of the Campaign

A large number of letters from members of the public have appeared in the Cambridge Evening News in support of our Campaign:

(More links will be added as articles are published and as time permits.)

No Mill Road Tesco Benefit gig: postponed

We regret this event has had to be POSTPONED due to illness. Please check back for further details.

Venue: Romsey Labour Club – Mill Road, Cambridge

Doors open at 7pm – music starts at 7.30pm.

A great evening of music performed by musicians who really care about Mill Road. Expect reels/airs, original songs, roots/acoustic gems, harmonies, drums building up to a great climactic finish!


  • The Late Risers
  • Lightning Jack
  • Redhouse
  • The Romsey Posse
  • Two Let Loose
  • John Meed and Lester Lloyd-Reason
  • Dave Stretfield with Hannah Whitehall & Laura Heal
  • Irish Acoustic Session

Entry £5 on the door (all funds raised go to support the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign).

Public meeting – Wednesday 7th November 2007

A public meeting of the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign will be held at 6.30pm, Wednesday, 7th November at the Baptist Church, Mill Road.

All are welcome to come and talk about, and get involved with the campaign.

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CEN article: ‘Tesco shop protest to continue’

CAMPAIGNERS are to continue fighting Tesco plans to open an express shop in Cambridge.

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Councillors vote against Tesco in Norfolk town – campaigning works!

Plans to build a Tesco store in the Norfolk town of Sheringham were yesterday rejected by councillors after a long battle against the supermarket. But the decision will now be reconsidered by a larger council planning committee in three weeks. Campaigner Eroica Mildmay said: “We are not going to give up. But it seems that North Norfolk district council’s unelected planners are saying ‘you can have any answer as long as it is yes’.” A Tesco spokesman said: “We were really pleased that people from Sheringham came to the planning meeting and spoke in support of the scheme.”

The Guardian, Saturday 3rd November 2007

CEN article: ‘Tesco takes over market’

TESCO has more than half of Cambridge’s food market share, new figures reveal.

But that huge slice of the pie could be cut by a Government watchdog.

The revelation that the supermarket giant has a staggering 51 per cent of the city’s grocery market has added weight to calls for it to ditch plans for another Tesco store in Mill Road.

“It is too early to say whether this will impact on the Mill Road plans.” – A Tesco spokesman.

Tesco yesterday (Thursday, 01 November) met Mill Road residents, city MP David Howarth, city council leader Coun Ian Nimmo-Smith and Labour deputy leader Coun Ben Bradnack, just as the report was published.

Tesco representatives told them 20 full and part-time jobs would be created at the new store.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Tesco appreciates the time taken by the councillors and Mr Howarth to attend the meeting and present the views of their constituents.”

The findings of the Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery market were discussed. It has thrown a lifeline to the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign.

An investigation by the regulator revealed the supermarket giant’s dominance in the city is one of the highest.

Tesco has the highest share of the market in Perth at 60 per cent. Cambridge is ninth on the list with its 51 per cent. Harrogate is the lowest with one per cent.

A spokesman for the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign said: “The report has shown why this campaign has become so large. We would still be campaigning if it were any of the other large supermarket giants who wanted to set up in Mill Road.

“Our concern is the whole share of the market is going to the large retailers. The report has thrown up a lot of issues that these sorts of reports would not usually do and throws up a number of concerns that we share around sustainability, the environment and employment. We welcome further research and look forward to action being taken.”

The Hertfordshire-based giant could be penalised if the regulator decides to force supermarkets to sell development sites and stores in areas where they dominate – which includes Cambridge. It may decide to force supermarkets to sell up to 40 stores and more than 100 sites.

And local authorities may be handed the power to bar supermarkets from opening extra stores in towns where their market share exceeds a certain limit.

A Tesco spokesman said: “It is too early to say whether this will impact on the Mill Road plans, but to put it into perspective the store will only be 3,000 sq ft, which is half the size of the Co-op on Milton Road. We will have to look at the final report of the commission in March.”

The No Mill Road Tesco Campaign will hold a public meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday at the Baptist Church, Mill Road.

Cambridge Evening News, 2 November 2007

Key points from the Competition Commission report

The Competition Commission has been researching the grocery market and has now published its provisional findings.

We have published a summary of key points from the Competition Commission report of relevance to the Mill Road issue.

Tescopoly book – special offer from Libra Aries Books

Libra Aries Books of Mill Road is running a special offer for reduced price copies of ‘Tescopoly – How one shop came out on top & why it matters’ by Andrew Simms.

Get your copy from Libra Aries now!