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New Tesco in Camelford?

Open letter to Camelford Councillors regarding the new proposed Tesco supermarket in Camelford:

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Dear Sirs,

I read with considerable interest about these plans in the local papers.

As you will no doubt be aware, having a supermarket in the town creates various problems, such as

a) reduction in local food consumption. Supermarkets are not geared to or interested in providing local food, even if they sometimes claim to the contrary. Typically, a supermarket will stock perhaps 1% of local food and 99% of food from elsewhere and even that 1% will typically be transported from the local producers to central warehousing, cleaning and/or packaging centres.

b) reduction in local employment and skills. Although the supermarket will employ certain number of people, far greater number of people will lose their jobs through closure of local shops and local producers.

c) Supermarkets suck out the wealth out of its location and transfer it away from the locality. This contrasts sharply with local shops selling local produce, where the wealth of the community is retained with the town and actually multiplied through local trading.

Supermarkets are attractive places to shop because of their local near monopoly and the all encompassing range of products, amongst other reasons. But for the same reasons, they are also greatly destructive of local shops and producers.

However, there is a way of having a supermarket in the town and at the same time retaining existing local food sales and food production. As part of the planning process, you, the town council, can, as you are certainly aware, impose conditions on the supermarket. The one condition that would make the greatest difference to safeguarding local food production is to require the supermarket to allocate certain proportion of the floor space, say 20%, to local producers.

In practice this means that one isle would be devoted to selling local food by local producers directly to the public. The shopping experience can be seamless: shoppers can pick any item from any part of the supermarket, incl the local isle, place that in their basket and pay for the lot at the checkout. The back office then sorts out how much was sold by whom and appropriate payments made.

Just imagine it: a whole isle with vegetables and fruit from nearby farms and CSAs, fresh or frozen, organic or conventional meat and poultry from various local producers, bread and cakes, jams, chutneys and honey, local cheeses, local smoked or processed meats, bacon and ham, salamis and sausages, even milk, butter and eggs all from within a 20 mile radius of Camelford.

Such a facility would most certainly encourage the formation of new businesses to supply the supermarket and local people would be more than happy to buy such local produce. Such schemes already exist. This is not some kind of pie in the sky scheme, but a practical proposition to ensure that we continue to produce food locally and to consume it locally.

It is extremely important that we preserve local food production for local population. As you can observe almost every day, energy prices are going up and in the medium term they will grow tremendously. Whilst just a few years ago the UK as a whole supplied some 80% of its own energy, by 2020 that will slump to about 20%, according to Government projections, 80% having to be bought on the world market - an unsustainable and unaffordable situation with unforeseeable consequences, one of which may well be the interruption of supplies. We are collectively heading for an almighty energy crisis and it is of utmost importance that Councillors like yourselves ensure local food supply, which does not rely on just-in-time deliveries of produce from elsewhere in the country and abroad and management priorities in conflict with local needs.

The scheme I have described would do just that. Please take it seriously and adopt it.

I have previously addressed various conferences on these types of subjects, even spoken in the House of Commons to a group of MPs, and would be happy to participate in whatever discussion or consultation you maybe planning.

Best regards

Paul Sousek
email: Paul@TransitionNC.org
Cottage Farm, Jacobstow, Cornwall, EX23 0BU
Sustainable organic carbon neutral farm powered by renewable energy and the first 'SuperHome' in Cornwall (www.Superhomes.org.uk )
www.bigbarn.co.uk/marketplace/vendors/Cottage
www.TransitionNC.org (See Food Directory and Cottage Farm)
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This idea is a 2nd choice after objecting to new supermarkets. It refers to Section 106 agreement (otherwise known as "planning gain": a s106 is a condition of granting planning imposed by by the local authority) being imposed on a supermarket. The supermarket where this was perviously applied had to put a specified area to local produce. I cannot remember whether it was a Waitrose or a Marks and Spencers or where it was, does anyone know as it is a useful precedent to know?