Town councillors object to plans for Tesco on Cross Keys pub site in Winterton
More than 70 people turned up to have their say on controversial plans for a recently closed pub to become a Tesco Express store.
An extraordinary meeting was called by Winterton Town Council due to high interest in the application for the Cross Keys pub, which closed on September 27, .
Some residents said Winterton needed a Tesco to catch up with other towns, while others said the plan could blight the community.
But at the end of a long meeting on the issue, town councillors objected to the proposals – although the final say lies with North Lincolnshire Council.
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Town councillors highlighted worries about the unsuitability of the site for such a development and said the plan as it stood would not benefit the people of the town.
They also raised concerns about noise, the impact on roads and any such development not being in keeping with the area.
Despite an invite, a representative from Tesco did not attend.
Before making their decision, town councillors heard from a number of residents, both for and against the proposals.
Stuart Maw, speaking on behalf of the Winterton Says No To Tesco campaign, said any Tesco shop would be of detriment to the existing stores in the town.
"Tesco, as a large multi-national corporation, will have the power to out-compete our much-needed and well-loved local shops, such as the butchers, the bakers and greengrocers. These shops are vital to the village spirit that we have here in the heart of the community," he said. "The location of the proposed Tesco is not at all appropriate. The access for many heavy goods vehicles delivering to the store is in the immediate vicinity of two local primary schools and other daycare facilities. For parents, this causes great concern."
Resident Les Johnson was worried about the future of the pub site, saying: "It will just get vandalised and then where is your heritage?"
But Terry Johnson said: "It is about time this council brought this town in to the 21st century. It would not affect the local shops as people would still go there because they know they would get the best quality."
Others in favour also pointed to similar developments elsewhere – and said Winterton was being left behind. Kim Parker said: "The 2001 census shows that we only have around 500 people less than Brigg and it has got a huge Tesco store.
"Brigg still has a lot of heritage and historical buildings. We can't keep living in the past and if you want a future then you have to move with it. This will provide a number of job opportunities and a lot of income for the town itself."
A Tesco spokesman said: “Our Express stores are very popular with customers, and help to bring more custom for other businesses as people choose to stay in the area to shop, rather than driving elsewhere.
“We think an Express in the Cross Keys would be a great addition to Winterton.”