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Monbiot's town threatened by Tesco

My town is menaced by a superstore. So why are we not free to fight it off?

People know a Tesco will suck the marrow from us. Yet the decision is left in the hands of a remote and frightened council

George Monbiot,
The Guardian
Monday 10 August 2009

I have been writing about it for years. But it's only now, when I'm caught in the middle of it, that the full force of this injustice hits me. Like everyone else here I feel powerless, unstrung as I watch disaster unfolding in slow motion.

I live in the last small corner of Gaul still holding out against the Romans. In other words, a small market town (Machynlleth, in mid-Wales) which has yet to be conquered by the superstores. No one expects us to hold out for much longer. Last month Tesco submitted an application to subjugate us. It wants to build a store of 27,000 square feet on the edge of the town centre. This is twice the size of all our grocery stores put together, and bigger than our tiny settlement 2,100 souls can support. Tesco will prosper here only if other shops close and customers come from miles away.


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Last Modified - 13th November 2009

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