BIDEFORD Town Council is seeking a little more from Tesco. The district council has given planning permission for a new store alongside the East-the-Water link road, bringing the prospect of 180 new jobs. But town councillors are angered at the amount the
BIDEFORD Town Council is seeking a little more from Tesco.The district council has given planning permission for a new store alongside the East-the-Water link road, bringing the prospect of 180 new jobs.But town councillors are angered at the amount the superstore is currently being asked to give as a contribution to the local community.It has been agreed that Tesco will give £10,000 to East-the-Water Youth Association and contribute £30,000 towards road safety improvements.The town council is asking for more.At its meeting on Thursday night it backed a submission by Cllr David Ratcliff that it seeks to renegotiate the company's financial contributions to benefit the community.Mr Ratcliff told the Gazette that they did not want to stop the planning application."There is no problem with Tesco coming to Bideford. It is positive and good news," he said."What I am not happy with is the derisory amount that appears to have been agreed between the district council and Tesco for the local community." Torridge District Council leader James Morrish said it was disappointing to understand that some Bideford councillors now had issues with this that were not raised during the planning process, before a decision was taken."But we care about what publicly elected people say and we care as much what happens at East-the-Water as in Holsworthy, Winkleigh, High Bickington or any other area of Torridge," he said. "I am happy to meet and listen to the town council to see if there is a way to help bring about a better payback.