The results are in: Tesco’s got it wrong on store plan say local residents

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire conducted three surveys as part of her latest e-consultation seeking local residents' views on the various development projects planned in East Dunbartonshire.

More than 240 people responded to the survey on plans for a new Tesco and Waitrose in the Milngavie and Bearsden area, making it the most popular of the three surveys conducted.

When asked if they agreed with Tesco's plans for its store in Milngavie, more than 7 in 10 of those who took part disagreed. Concerns included that the current plan would create a store too large for the area and that it would have a detrimental impact on traffic as well as independent stores in the village. Local residents were also concerned about an increase in the amount of trolleys and rubbish that end up in the river, a problem Tesco already has problems controlling.

Those who were positive about the storefelt competition would be good for the area and that a larger store in Milngavie would mean less driving to stores in other areas of Glasgow.

The same question in relation to Waitrose saw just over half of all respondents in favour of Waitrose's plans with 1 in 5 against. While respondents noted that the proposed store would be on a much less intrusive site than Tesco's, they did raise concerns about the potential impact on the busy junction, and traffic levels generally.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

"A majority of residents continue to have a considerable amount of unease surrounding Tesco's new store.

"Respondents were more favourable towards Waitrose's plans but here still there was concern about what it would do to traffic levels and questions as to whether the area needs another supermarket.

"All documents relating to both planning applications will be available on East Dunbartonshire Council's Planning and Building Standards website at

"I have passed the results on in my comments to the Council. For full results please visit the site"

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  • A decision on Waitrose's planning submission is expected in Spring 2013
  • Tesco's plans are still in the pre-application stage.

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