MP joins campaign against supermarket plans

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DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has added his name to more than 1,000 people objecting to resurrected plans for a new Tesco Express store in Sheffield.

The supermarket giant has resurrected proposals for the convenience store at the site of an old garage on Ecclesall Road South, Parkhead.

Original plans were rejected three years ago due to concern about delivery vehicles parking on the busy road.

Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Sheffield Hallam, has written to Sheffield Council outlining a number of objections raised by local residents.

These include concerns over the potential increase in traffic problems and a possible negative impact on local businesses.

Mr Clegg said: “A number of local residents have contacted me to express their concerns about this proposal.

“I have written to the council to ask them to take these into account when they make their decision.

“When a similar application was made three years ago, the council turned it down on the basis of objections from local people.

“It is important these opinions are not ignored when considering such an important issue for the community.”

Mr Clegg, who said he objected as constituency MP, said: “My constituents are also concerned about the impact that such a development will have on local business in the area.

“They tell me some local shops, that have provided a service to the community for many years, will struggle to co-exist if a Tesco is built. Moreover, my constituents say the area is already well served for supermarkets.”

Some 1,000 people have signed a petition against the plans but Tesco says it has overcome the council’s concerns about the original scheme.

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