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Tesco plans to convert Herne pub into store are criticised by council

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: December 28, 2011

CHANGE OF USE: The pub looks set to become a Tesco Express

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PARISH councillors have slammed a Tesco takeover of the Upper Red Lion pub in Herne as "disgusting" and "dangerous".

They say plans by the supermarket giant to open a Tesco Express will threaten shops, the post office and pubs in the historic village.

Tesco bought the empty 1930s building for £250,000 and claims a new store would create 20 jobs and keep people shopping locally.

But parish councillor John Nicholson said: "I am absolutely disgusted by the actions of this corporate giant ramming this shop down our throats and destroying our village."

He added that extra traffic would present "a real risk to the safety of pedestrians".

But Tesco spokesman Carol Leslie said: "Not only is this an excellent opportunity to regenerate this former pub site and bring it back to use, but we look forward to investing in the area, creating new jobs, serving local people and becoming part of the community."

The store will not need planning permission after a change in law in 2005 allowing pubs to become shops.

But Tesco bosses say they will hold public consultations before submitting any applications.

A public meeting organised by Herne and Broomfield Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 4, at Herne Community Centre, St Martin's View.

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