Protests against Tesco are raging across East Anglia as small retailers and interest groups seek to curb the dominance of the UK's biggest supermarket group.

The high-profile Say No To Tesco campaign, organised by residents opposed to the development of a Tesco Express on Norwich's Unthank Road, is again asking concerned parties to send objections to Norwich City Council in a bid to thwart a fourth application by Tesco.

Meanwhile, independent Nigel Dowdney has slammed Tesco for claiming the Norfolk town of Stalham is an example of a Tesco development which has "regenerated" the town centre by increasing footfall.

The statement was made by a Tesco representative Tim Gittings at a planning consultation regarding a Tesco store in Brighouse, North Yorkshire.

Nigel, who owns the Stalham Shopper convenience store, said: "Tesco states that prior to its opening only 6% of the local population shopped in the town. The population of Stalham is 3,000. In the past 30 years, my shop, Somerfield, the Co-op, the butchers, bakers, greengrocers, three newsagents and many other small retail outlets have existed in happy competition. Does Tesco honestly expect people to believe that these businesses thrived for all those years on 180 customers?"

Tesco has also been forced to resubmit a planning application for a store in Sheringham in Norfolk. The town has been at the centre of a dispute over a secret deal between Tesco and the local council. Tesco has held a public exhibition to show its plans and is expected to submit the application in September.

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