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Keep Tesco off Mill Road, Cambridge

Jim Jay | 23.09.2007 12:57 | Globalisation | Cambridge

Tesco hope to move into Mill Road, Cambridge. The over whelming majority of residents and local traders absolutely do not want this to happen.

The campaign against Tesco has well and truly begun

Tesco want to move in here
Tesco want to move in here

Tesco. On MILL ROAD??!

The rumours that supermarket giant Tesco are planning to open a store on Mill Road are now confirmed with Tesco putting in planning applications for a plant, atm and signage at the old Wilco site.

The applications were submitted by Tesco in July but are currently "invalid" - that is to say, there was some problem with the application (possibly some essential information missing). The City council informed Tesco on the 31st July that the application was invalid and invited them to resubmit. They have heard nothing from Tesco since.

Mill Road is an extraordinary street on which it is possible to drink Arabic coffee or fine wines; where you can worship in a Mosque, a Hindu shrine or a Baptist church; where you can eat foie gras or fish and chips, tom yum or chicken tikka lababda; where you can stock up on herbs and spices from aam to zedoary.

Alternatively, the mega-chains create a one size fits all version of the world. Suffocating creativity and diversity where ever they go. Britain’s biggest supermarkets present a united front to ensure they’ve stitched up farmers, their workers and customers.

Tesco already controls over 30% of the UK’s grocery market, they don’t need to come here, and we don’t want them. We need to stop Mill Road becoming like every other street in the country.

Please consider joining the campaign, and come along to the open organising meeting. Let’s keep Tesco off Mill Road.

Thursday 27th Sept: 7 pm: Libra Aries bookshop (9 The Broadway, Mill Road)


Leaflet for the meeting
Back (doubles as poster):

How to Oppose a Supermarket Planning Application

Face book groups


The old Wilco site should be used to boost the local community not turn it into another identikit street. Tesco, keep your hands off Mill Road. It's unique - and we're going to fight to keep it that way.

Jim Jay
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poster and flyer

23.09.2007 15:39

Here is the flyer (front and back) noted above, for those who don't want to download it from facebook.


Protest 3 pm Tuesday 25th Sept

24.09.2007 16:58

Emma Lindsay, who organised the initial petition that's been circulating Mill Road, has been contacted by the CEN for a photo op. protest outside the Wilco site tommorrow (Tuesday) at 3 pm to help build for the meeting on Thursday (7 pm Libra Aries)

It's an awkward time so anyone who can make it with a homemade placard / banner / sign against Tesco would be more than welcome. It will really help the campaign if we can get a good dozen or more to make a good, stirring photo.

Jim Jay


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24.09.2007 16:27

The flier is not on facebook (which not everyone can access) - they're on media fire which is available to anyone who wants to click on the link. You appear to be making work for yourself dmish.

Jim Jay

Latest leaflet

29.09.2007 14:02

The latest leaflet can be downloaded here

feel free to distribute in the area

Jim Jay
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Main website now set up -

30.09.2007 16:02

A central website has now set up for this campaign:

Please also sign up to the announcements e-mail list at: