Friday, 9 March 2012

Victory at Herne

The residents of Herne are celebrating after supermarket giant, Tesco, pulled out of its contraversal plans to open an Express store in Herne, blaming highways issues in the village.
The news marks the end of a fierce five-month campaign waged by the parish council and villagers against the company, which wanted to open in the empty Upper Red Lion pub.

Two public meetings were held at St Martin's church, the first organised by the parish council and the second by Herne Against Tesco (HAT) Committee. Each meeting was attended by more than 500 people.

More than 700 people marched in protest against the plans on Sunday March 4th. The event was organised under the auspices of the parish council, working with HAT. The Parish clerk and County Councillor Marsh worked together on the road closure arrangements, the clerk arranged for the delivery and collection of the barriers on the day and the parish councillors and members of HAT committee provided the marshals.

Tesco revealed it was pulling out on the same day permission was granted for a new Express store in Sea Street, Herne Bay.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who helped with the camapign and hopes to see the Upper Red Lion put to good use in the future rather than staying empty.

The Parish Council is holding an extraordinary meeting on Thursday March 15 to discuss the future of the pub.

Cllr Carol Davis
Herne & Broomfield