Posted by: notesco | February 6, 2010


Thank you for taking an interest in our struggle to keep Tesco out of Stokes Croft.

First meeting 300 strong
Massive thanks to the some 300 people who turned up to our last minute meeting last night (Monday 8 February). The turn out and positive energy was overwhelming and spoke volumes about the appetite of Stokes Croft to shape its own community and not be disempowered by corporate power.

Stokes Croft is special.
As a community we have worked hard to create a local culture we are proud of. A Tesco in Stokes Croft would seriously undermine Bristol’s cultural capital and threatens to wipe out local shops and traders. Supermarkets notoriously drain local economies, siphoning profits to remote shareholders instead of supporting the local community. Deliveries will add to congestion in the area and local heritage will be seriously jeopardised.

Bristol City Council fail to consult local community
Consultation to date has been entirely inadequate, with the local community completely unaware and therefore unable to feed into the process. Bristol City Council’s decision to grant Change of Use planning permission with little if any feedback from the local community suggests it does not care about our needs.

Positive alternatives
Numerous alternatives exist that would better serve the local community and strengthen its economy in these tough financial times. With five Tesco already within a mile we do not need another. For example, a community owned greengrocers with affordable local, organic produce that supports local farmers and is good for our health and the planet or a fishmongers.

Get involved!

* Send a campaign postcard to Bristol City Council demanding they meaningfully consult the local community.

* Display a ‘No tesco in Stokes Croft’ poster in your home or shop window

Free postcards and posters are available from PRSC HQ at 35 Jamaica St. Please distribute far and wide.

Watch this space for more information and updates and to find out how to get involved.

Behind closed doors
We the local community only got wind of this a week ago and so we are working tirelessly to ensure this injustice does not go ahead. An amazing bunch of volunteers are beautifully sharing their abundance of skills, ideas, time and energy. So please be patient whilst we get this site up and running and keep watching this space for daily updates.

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.”
Arundhati Roy



  1. Hi

    Great meeting tonight. Thank you for organising it – mega!

    My blog on No Tesco

  2. small but perfectly formed

  3. Hi all, i’m glad to see such a rapid response to this cause. I’m free on Saturday 13th Feb to stand outside the proposed new site on Cheltenham Road and collect names and addresses from the public to give to Bristol Council. I’ll get down to the PRSC HQ or the Canteen on Sataurday morning to pick up the cards that have been printed.

    Contact me Mike on 07515 388 577 if this sounds like a good plan. Cheers, Mike

  4. And here is another report of the meeting from Paul Smith, prospective Labour MP, Bristol West

  5. Well done organising all this (website, meeting, etc) so quickly! Excellent work. It’s great to see how much people care about Stokes Croft.

  6. Why should a greengrocer be specifically organic? Not trying to dent the idea of a community greengrocer, which i think is great, but organic on the whole part is neither the most affordable, energy efficient nor environmentally friendly food supply system around…..don’t alienate conventional food, it’s better than you think…sometimes.

  7. Hi Tom

    Locally-grown organic food is the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly food around.

    The biggest difference between organic and non-organic farming is the use of fertiliser.

    Organic farming makes its own solar-powered fertiliser by using nitrogen-fixing clover, crop rotations, and by composting green and animal waste.

    Non-organic farming – included locally-grown non-organic food – uses artificial chemical fertiliser.

    UK farming currently uses three million tons of nitrogen fertiliser a year, half of which is imported.

    Nitrogen fertiliser is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in agriculture.

    The manufacture of nitrogen fertiliser is the main user of energy in agriculture; in addition, it uses 1 tonne of oil and 37 tonnes of water to produce just 1 tonne of nitrogen fertiliser.

    And if you buy direct from the farmer – and we are blessed in Bristol with local organic farmers – research shows organic produce is more affordable than its equivalent in supermarkets.

    So I am all for affordable local organic produce!

  8. Please add me:

    I would like to propose to partially use the site to create “The Reading Rooms”, a place that can serve to promote literacy, learning, and the sheer joy of reading, hosting educational and fun activities for both children and adults. As an author I would like to play an active role, and could provide potentially thousands of second hand books to stock the space (with a view to allowing visitors to read them in situ, or buying them if they wish to take them away with them).

    If interested I will put together a comprehensive proposal, listing all the ideas that could feasibly be made reality at this site.

    All the best with everything

    big love

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  10. someone sent me this link from Guardian- apparently the tactic used in Stokes Croft is Tesco standard practice

  11. Clearly the neighbourhood does not want a Tesco, and we can all say we would boycott it if it is installed – the new one on Gloucester Road looks underused to me, and hitting Tesco financially may be a strong deterrent.

    The positive suggestions are brilliant. A local food shop, including fish (and real cheese), would be such an asset – what’s happening at the site that used to be the Whiteladies Road Woolworths looks good. And the literacy centre/reading rooms is also a great idea (and I too could bring in masses of books).

  12. Where do I get my ‘No more hippy squats in Stokes Croft any more than a Tesco’ poster?

    • Can I get one too?

  13. I would like to support a community run enterprise that complements the general mix of what is already available locally and is feasible financially.

    Would a community owned food shop selling organic food goods on Stokes Croft compete with the existing local shops on Picton Street 20 yards away who stock local organic veg?

    Does anyone know what kind of offer the local community would have to make Jester building’s owners to compete with Tescos?

  14. Please please get Tesco to give up there and come to Carterton instead, the town really and I mean REALLY needs one.

    Supermarket wise we just have a Co-op that is overpriced, has a limited range and normally runs out of stuff by 2pm on a Sat đŸ˜¦

    Local shop wise it’s not much better… there’s a Butchers that always seems to fight the Co-op on price, a veg farm shop that’s not bad, but hey it’s def not good either and then there’s the local shop ‘magnet’ that’s always blocking anything decent shop/supermarket (competition) wise from coming into town via the local plannng dept.

    Don’t even mention the local Garage and petrol prices, it’s cheaper to drive the 20 miles to Swindon and fill there (including the cost of the fuel there and back) than what it is to fill up in the local one’s (one’s an independant ‘Esso’ the other belongs to the Co-op).

    We need a TESCO here….


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