Residents of UK's wealthiest holiday town petition against Tesco store

Residents of UK's wealthiest holiday town petitioning against Tesco store

Homeowners in the upmarket holiday town of Sandbacks in Poole, Dorset, are up in arms about plans for a Tesco Express to open in the area.

One man, Sean Murphy, has even set up a Facebook campaign to petition against Tesco's takeover of the Sandacres pub near Sandbanks Beach.

Sean, an estate agent, told the Bournemouth Echo: "I know I'm setting myself up for criticism. But I just think this is simply the wrong decision. We are all up for development but this is going too far."

He said he believes a supermarket on the site will bring extra traffic, more litter, and even the possibility of anti-social behaviour.

Some have said Tesco's red and blue logo will look garish, and Ross Stallion, a 36-year-old sales director from neighbouring Canford Cliffs, told the Daily Telegraph : "The area could do with a convenience store, but a Waitrose or Marks & Spencer would be better suited."

Residents were recently told in a letter that the former pub has been acquired by the supermarket giant.

Tesco community liaison manager Melanie Chiswell told the Bournemouth Echo: "In my experience lots of people welcome Tesco Express stores because they regenerate buildings no longer in use, such as closed down pubs."

According to The Times, the former sandbank, which juts out into Poole Harbour and has been dubbed 'Britain's Palm Beach', is one of the most expensive places in the world to live.

In fact, according to the Daily Telegraph, it is the fourth most expensive area in the world for real estate.

Its multi-million pound harbour-front pads are often snapped up by the rich and famous, and well known residents include football manager Harry Redknapp and his son Jamie, as well as retired football manager Graeme Souness.

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Residents of UK's wealthiest holiday town petition against Tesco store

"Certain seaside towns have just about everything. Blackpool has more than everything: three piers, miles of hotels, and the iconic tower."

Mr Punch and his wife have been entertaining the English holidaymaker since 1662, and he's still going strong.

At 335ft long, Cleethorpes Pier is one of the shortest in the UK. This, year, it was sold to a venture partnership for more than £400,000.

"Lifts, trams, railways, funiculars, call them what you will, are a marvellous way to get from up there to down here and from down here to up there."

"Everyone loves a fishing boat - especially it it's wooden and being freshly painted by an old tar... along with the decline of deep-sea fishine, there has been a gradual disappearance of local fish shops, the transformations of fishermen's stroes and net shops into holiday homes, the construction of yachting marinas and the filling of harbours with pleasure craft."

"Arcades, pleasure domes, sideshows, ghosts and ghouls, crazy houses, laughing clowns, a peppering of the surreal, the unusual and the bizarre."

"Once one of the icons of the seaside amusement park, the old-style helter-skelters are fast disappearing. Only around three or four seaside helter skelters remain."

One of the Britain's many quirky places to stay, this romantic little place comes complete with its own drawbridge.

"Busy beaches are for kids to play on and for mum and dad to read the newspaper."

"George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "'Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nobody has ever ventured  to describe a whole day in heaven., though plenty of people have described a day a the seaside.'"

"Lighthouses have gradually become less important to navigation with advances in global positioning technology. Automation has led to the loss of the lighthouse keeper, although someone must still be on hand to change the bulbs."

People have been taking in the sea air and enjoying the pleasures of the North Pier since it opened to the public in 1863.

The English Seaside by Peter Williams will be published on 27 May 2013, price: £14.99.

"What can be the origin of the beach hut? Some suggest that "bathing machines" were re-used as changing rooms and then developed into picnic and sun rooms... If you like to sit in a musty, damp box full of yesterday's furniture and smelling of butane gas, listening to the rain on the roof and doing that wretched jigsaw with the missing piece, then this is for you."

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