Local MP Jeremy Hunt chaired a meeting with local campaigners and representatives from Tesco on Friday where the ongoing concern over plans to open a Tesco Express store on the site of the old Wey Inn pub was the topic of debate. Campaigners are opposed to the plans for road safety reasons and the potential impact the new store would have on much loved local business R&V Newsagents. Jeremy listened to the concerns from both sides with local representatives from Waverley Borough Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Godalming Junior School explaining to Tesco’s representatives why they had serious concerns about the store opening in the suggested location. Jeremy suggested that a working group be set up to look at the traffic issue and to address the concerns around the future of R&V Newsagents. This would meet prior to the public meeting on the 27th October which Tesco have now agreed to send a representative to.
Jeremy said: “I am glad that Tesco are sitting up and listening to the local community’s concerns. It is important that they are aware of local loyalty to Hari and his business and the genuine fears over pedestrian safety given the shop’s close proximity to a roundabout and a busy Junior School. I hope that they will continue to work closely with the campaigners to iron out the remaining areas of concern and I look forward to chairing the open public meeting next weekend”.