There are a few reasons why I and my family are totally against a big Tesco to build in the central part of Brixham.
1) Where we used to live before moving to Brixham 10 years ago, Tesco moved into the small town, which was about the size of Brixham. Within 2 years, we lost 2 independent bakers, 3 independent greengrocers, 4 independent butchers, an independent florist, several small newsagents, a clothing outlet, 3 smaller supermarkets including Co-op and what was a thriving Saturday market, plus a few other shops. It is now a town mainly full of restaraunts, charity shops, Tesco, coffee shops, Aldi, hairdressers and offices. That town also has the added advantage of being just a few miles outside of Bristol and in comparison to Torbay has a low unemployment status. As well as being within easy reach of Bristol, Gloucester, South Wales and Bath it is also near Filton where Rolls Royce and BAC are situated and has good rail links to those who want to commute further afield
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2) Parking. Where will people who come to town park during the 1- 2years (or thereabouts) of building? There are times already some parking is lost in the centre of town because of coaches being re-directed there or the funfair. Already in the high season it is almost impossible to find a parking space in town, and can take anything up to half an hour to leave the car park. I had a heated discussion with a man in what was Spenderwise at the top of Fore Street, he kept telling me we could use Freshwater/Oxen cove or Breakwater. I told him that in the holiday season they were always full (he said they weren't, obvisouly does not know the town and/or doesn't drive!) He also said we could use the multi storey Marina. I don't know how many times I told him that vans that are wheelchair accessible are too high to use multi storey car parks, he just could not grasp it. I also tried several times to tell him that walking to the other carparks he mentioned pushing a wheelchair and carrying shopping is an impossibility, and what about those dosabled people who can walk a short distance but not as far as those carparks?
3) Disabled parking. There are several care homes and independent disabled people who are in Brixham or who come to Brixham. A lot of wheelchair accessible vehicles are over 6 foot high, some over 7. Not because of wanting them that high, but because of necessity. Broadsands Beach and Sharkham Point are already enforced out of bounds areas for them, so that will now make Brixham out of bounds too. Tall vehicles like this are not able to use underground or multi story car parks. We can't park on Bolton street, all streets near the town or harbour because the streets are too narrow and have yellow lines painted on the kerbs as well as the roads
4) I agree Brixham does need something to boost economy and trade, but all that will happen with Tesco as it has happened in so many places is that local traders will be forced to close unable to compete
5) Employment. Jobs will not be created for local people, Tesco will "import" some people from other stores to get up and running then those jobs that are created will be a higher percentage of low paid casual and/or part time workers. When the local traders close, that will then create more unemployment in the area.
6) A lot of people move to Brixham or holiday to Brixham because it is quaint, of the individuality, and quietness. So did we, We are employers in the town, and if Tesco comes there will be 5 jobs lost here
7) We put in planning permission several years ago for a garage but were made to remake the roof design as just 1 person complained that it would be out of keeping with the local area. It would have matched the rest of the house already standing, yet the plans for Tesco in the middle of the town would be far worse than the roundhouse on the fish market, totally out of character with the town
8) Thousands of local people are against this project, and know it will not benefit Brixham. We already have a small Tesco in town, that is enough for us. It would be better if that Tesco stocked different items to the Co-ops, Spars and Costcutters in the area. Tesco has also been voted as the worst supermarket in the Country by Which?