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Tesco still do not have full planning permision to open – but we need to act NOW to stop them!

1) Wed 15 Sept: deadline to email your objection to Tesco
2) Wed 15 Sept, 7pm: Do we really want supermarkets to feed us? Elim City Church, Jamaica Street
3) Wed 22 Sept, 1 – 3pm: No Tesco Rally and Council Meeting, Council House, by College Green

As you will know Tesco are trying to open on Cheltenham Road. Our community has shouted loud and clear for the last six months that Tesco is not welcome. Thousands of you have sent post cards to the Council and signed petitions. We believe we can prove that granting permission for this store would be illegal in planning terms. We are going to win this – but we need YOU!

The Council is meeting on Wed 22 Sept to decide if Tesco can open – we are increasingly confident they will say ‘NO’ as we uncover more and more flaws in their planning applications. But we need YOU to add your voice to the formal process.

1) Wed (15) is the deadline to send in your objection to Tesco

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explaining why you don’t want a Tesco in our culturally distinct community

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Visit for more information and our template letters which lay out guidance for your objections.

2) Wed 15 September 2010, 7 – 9.30pm
Word Cafe event: Do we really want supermarkets to feed us?

Elim City Church, Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft

Join us for an evening of discussion about why you may or may not want supermarkets to feed us. This will be a space for everyone to share their views, learn from each other and explore solutions which will benefit the whole community.

Bristol already has over 50 supermarkets, 30 of which are Tesco stores. For many this means convenience food at unbelievably low prices and local jobs. Others however, strongly object to supermarkets’ role in wiping out local shops and small farmers, sucking the lifeblood from our communities and committing workers rights abuses in the world’s poorest countries – not to mention compromising our ability to feed ourselves in the future now that the age of cheap oil has ended. Love’em or hate’em though, supermarkets currently dominate more than 80% of the food retail market leaving us little choice but to use them.

This is your chance to be part of an important conversation about what we want the future of food in our community to look like. Together we can create solutions that meet all our needs – join us to be part of the solution!

Numbers are limited-please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Suggested donation £3 Hot drinks and homemade cakes available

This is a joint event by:

3. Wed 22 Sept, 1 – 3pm
No Tesco Rally and Council meeting

Council House, nr College Green, Park Street

The council are meeting to decide if Tesco can open on Cheltenham Rd. This is our chance to stop them. Join us to save and celebrate our community. Music will include Tom Bellamy, Undercover Hippy, Jane Taylor and Carrie Tree.

12.15 Convoy leaves Canteen, 80 Stokes Croft
1.00   Rally and music, Council House
1.45   Descend on Council House
2.00   Meeting starts

This is a public meeting so we are all welcome. Let’s pack out the House, make history and shape our futures.

Email email hidden; JavaScript is required to request to speak at the meeting by noon on 21 Sept – we all have the right to do this. If you are unable to attend or would like us to speak on your behalf please indicate this in your email and copy email hidden; JavaScript is required into your correspondence.


The People of Stokes Croft pooled their resources and produced this mural above Sofa Riot at the top of Stokes Croft.
Love Bristol chipped in and gave permission to paint this wall. Some of the local shops paid towards the paint.
The PRSC workforce prepared the walls, using 70 litres of masonry paint.
Sepr painted the character, whilst Epok provided the classical lettering.
The piece demonstrates clearly the passion of local people to retain the unique character of the area.

The NO TESCO CAMPAIGN aims to change the way we decide how our communities develop.
Next crucial date is 22nd Sept. 2010 2pm at the Council House, College Green.
Check out for details.

Character by Sepr, lettering by Epok. Preparation and overall concept by PRSC.

Spelling out the opinion of the People.

Punky Paul working on the “Think Local” piece on the hoardings of the Magpie at the corner of Picton Street.

The finished piece. The hoardings were erected because local residents found that too much noise emanated from the public space on this corner…

The new hoardings at PRSC HQ: The first piece of work to grace this wall is another “Think Local, No Tesco” piece, laid out by Paris, executed by the PRSC Paint Crew.