Why you should not shop at Tesco

We have published and are distributing a new leaflet aimed at students and others who are unfamiliar with the history of the site.

This leaflet is a summary of why we encourage people not to shop at the new Tesco Express store that so many local people fought against.

Please print and distribute!

Click on each image to obtain the printable version:

CEN opinion: Tesco must abstain from selling drink

TESCO eventually won the fight to open a store in Mill Road, Cambridge.

But the supermarket giant has still to win over a large section of local residents, and appealing against the council’s refusal to allow the shop to sell alcohol will do it no favours.

If Tesco bosses really want to be part of the Mill Road community, they should listen to that community. Police could not make it clearer the street has a serious problem with alcohol abuse.

Tesco claims not to push for licences in such areas. It should take its own advice. It would go a long way towards convincing its opponents it is not just pursuing maximum profit at any price.

Cambridge Evening News: leader, 3rd October 2009

CEN article: Tesco in second bid to sell booze

Home - Tesco. TESCO has appealed against a decision not to give it an alcohol licence for its Cambridge Mill Road store – after vowing not to sell booze in “known disorder” areas.
The appeal comes despite the troubled area being designated a “cumulative impact zone”, which creates a presumption against giving out new alcohol licenses.

Cambridgeshire police objected to the original application on the grounds it could add to disorder in the area.

But Tesco chiefs have appealed against the decision despite the statement on their website which says: “We do not apply for licences in areas with known disorder issues.”

Cambridge City Council’s licensing sub-committee’s decision on August 17 to reject the store’s booze application was greeted by loud applause from campaigners.

Ruth Deyermond, planning co-ordinator of the No Mill Road Tesco campaign, hailed the decision “a victory for common sense and the community”.

Tesco sought a licence to sell alcohol from 10am-10pm seven days a week.

But police opposed the application arguing further alcohol sales would exacerbate alcohol-related problems.

Insp Marcia Nichols said the area suffered a “disproportionate” level of alcohol-related trouble and was already a “hotspot for violence”.

But Tesco will attempt to persuade councillors to grant a licence in December.

A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We have submitted an appeal against the decision for the alcohol licence. Our Express store in Mill Road is extremely popular and customers have told us they would like the opportunity to purchase our full range of items and this includes beers, wines and spirits.

“As a company, we take our responsibilities regarding the sale of alcohol exceptionally seriously and we already have robust policies in place to ensure our staff sell alcohol legally.”

No Mill Road Tesco Campaign has vowed to fight the licence bid.

A spokeswoman said: “We will maintain the opposition we successfully put forward at the licensing committee last time.”
The case will now be heard at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.

A council statement said: “We have been advised Tesco Stores Ltd have appealed the sub-committee’s decision and consequently the matter will be subject to a further hearing in the Magistrates’ Court.”

Cambridge News, 3rd October 2009

Tesco appeal failure to obtain alcohol license in Cumulative Impact Zone (update)

We have just received formal notification from the City Council that:

“Following the decision of the Licensing Sub-Committee on the 17th August 2009, we have been advised that Tesco Stores Ltd. have appealed the Sub-Committee’s decision and consequently the matter will be subject to a further hearing in the Magistrates Court. It is likely that persons who attended to speak on the 17th August may be asked to attend the Magistrates Court on a date to be set by them. We will keep you advised of developments.”

More news as we get it.

Tesco appeal failure to obtain alcohol license in Cumulative Impact Zone

Last month, Tesco failed in their bid to obtain an alcohol license for their Mill Road store, which is in a Cumulative Impact Zone, which creates a rebuttable presumption against new alcohol licenses. This is despite the statement on their website that

“We do not apply for licences in areas with known disorder issues”

We have now heard that, as expected, Tesco plans to appeal.

We are finding out exactly what process will be followed, and will report any updates here. We will maintain the opposition we successfully put forward at the Licensing Committee last month.

An update on this and other matters will be published shortly.

Photos from Mill Road independent trading event

On Saturday 12th September, a celebration of local shops and independent traders took place outside Hilary’s greengrocers on Mill Road. A very enjoyable and cordial day was had.

Two new flyers, ‘The fight goes on’ and ‘Why celebrate Mill Road?’ were handed out.

Mill Road Tesco issue featured in Private Eye!

Fame at last … We’ve made it into Private Eye – see Page 30 of the latest edition (4-17th September 2009, No. 1244)!

(Please let us know if you have a copy that we can scan and put here.)

Mill Road celebrates its independent shops and traders

On Saturday 12th September 12 noon to 2 pm, a celebration of local shops and independent traders will take place outside Hilary’s greengrocers on Mill Road. There will be a variety of activities, games, music, food samples provided by local shops and restaurants, and a BBQ as well as special offers. This event is open to all.

This event is organised by the No Mill Road Tesco Campaign as part of our support of local traders.

If you would like to help please turn up at 10.30.  All help will be greatly appreciated.


AGM call

As notified to the supporters’ e-mail list:

The AGM of the Mill Road Society (under which No Mill Road Tesco runs) will be held on Tuesday 1st September at 7.30pm St Phillips Church.

We will be updating everyone on recent activities, electing new committee members and making decisions about the future of the campaign.

Please do come along if you are able. It is important that we continue to receive input from as many supporters as possible.


  1. Report back on current legal situation
  2. Discussion of Saturday 12th September event
  3. Future direction of the campaign and ongoing activities
  4. Presentation of Accounts
  5. Election of Committee
  6. Any Other Business

Lorry Watch: Tesco using unmarked vans

We are continuing to monitor the lorry situation.

Interestingly, we have evidence that Tesco are using unmarked vans, i.e. without the Tesco logo on, to deliver round the ‘loop’.

So watch out for white lorries without any markings but also for contractor vehicles, namely “Expert Logistics” and “Petit Forestier” (both seen parked at back of Tesco site on Saturday).