** UPDATE **
No new plan has yet been submitted.
After the new plan is eventually submitted, concerned residents are again urged to write to the Council when the Council conducts a proper consultation with the community.
The address to write to is: Head of Planning and Control, Guildhall 2, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU.
Alternatively, emails can be sent to the Head of Planning and Control at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters and emails must have the home or local business address on them.
Statement from TROD - 12 January 2008
TROD is being dissolved with immediate effect. But that does not mean the end of the campaign against the building of a superstore in Tolworth.
TROD has been one of three campaigns against building a superstore in Tolworth.
The two other campaigns, which continue, are:
(1) Every Little Hurts (click here) led by the constituency MP, Edward Davey; and
(2) No to Tesco (click here) led by two local councillors.
These two campaigns electorally represent most people in the area. So they are well positioned to continue the campaign against Tescoís proposal for a Tolworth superstore.
Public awareness and concern about the adverse consequences of a Tolworth superstore is now very considerable.
These consequences will remain the same when the new application is submitted.
TROD has obviously played a significant part in raising public awareness about these adverse consequences, and about the importance of writing to the Council about them.
In doing so, TROD has successfully achieved its aim.
Thank you to all those who have supported TROD since it was formed over two years ago in October 2005.
Tolworth is a residential area, with an extensive shopping centre. The community lies about 2 miles south of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
Planning Application (now withdrawn)
Tesco, the owners of a 13-acre disused site south west of the Tolworth Roundabout, submitted a valid planning application to Kingston Council in October 2006.
Its application was to build a superstore and 662 homes, mostly one and two bedroom flats.
The application was withdrawn in February 2007.
Tesco intended to submit another plan later in 2007 in which a superstore will 'remain a prominent feature of the scheme' - Tesco's letter (February 2007) to local residents.
However, though the end of 2007 has passed, another plan has not yet been submitted.
The community overall and TROD in particular is strongly opposed to any superstore in Tolworth.
The evidence for the community's opposition includes:
* the public reaction at the two public consultation meetings held in the autumn of 2006
* the correspondence in the local press
* the opposition to a Tolworth superstore by Edward Davey, the local MP, and by Tony Arbour, the local London Assembly member
In spite of all that, Tesco has been, through its working party idea, 'consulting' the 'community' before submitting another plan with a superstore.
Not much of a consultation when the conclusion has already been predetermined.
The Council will eventually conduct a proper consultation after a new plan has been submitted.
Residents are urged to let the Council know their concerns in that consultation.