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4 June 2013

Commenting on Tesco’s decision to abandon expansion plans for its store in Milngavie Jo said :

“Congratulations to everyone who fought hard for this fantastic result, it is a real triumph for local community activism.

“I’m delighted that Tesco listened to the community’s concerns and made the right decision.

“Their proposed store expansion would have had a detrimental effect on the character of the Milngavie precinct and the independent shops just a short distance away.

“We now have a decision we can be happy with thanks to the hard work of local groups like We Like Milngavie, Milngavie Community Council and the hundreds of people in the community who’ve spoken out against the plans for the past 4 years.”

For more information read the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald news story:


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

Jo conducted three surveys as part of her latest e-consultation and 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.

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.

Jo’s Milngavie and Bearsden development e-consultation page is available online at

Tesco’s plans are still in the pre-application stage.

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