How communities are taking on Tesco: ● Bicester, Oxfordshire: Plans to double the size of a store on Pringle Drive were scrapped after planning permission was refused. Cherwell District Council said that it wanted to promote retail development in the town centre rather than out of town. Councillor Michael Gibbard said that if the store had been given the green light it would have drained resources from the town centre. ● Leigh, Lancashire: More than 100 letters of petition have been sent to Leigh Council following the announcement that Tesco is planning to build an Express store opposite a primary school on London Road. Most concerns regarded traffic, given so many children would be nearby. Plans are under public consultation until September 19. ● Braunstone, Leicester: The plan to build a Tesco Express in the car park next to a 350-year-old pub has led to opposition from locals. Although Tesco said that it was trying to form a plan that would be sympathetic to the site, protestors believe that the area is essentially the village green. ● Manningtree, Essex: Local campaigners have objected to a planned Tesco store, saying it would damage the town’s trade and traffic flow. “We are not anti-Tesco per se, but we are against the size of the store,” said Stour Community First chairman Michael Coultharde-Steer. Tesco owns an estimated 10% of all land in the parish.