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Goring residents say NO to Tesco!

Campaigners against plans for a new Tesco store in Goring say the proposed site is not safe as it's on a blind junction and there are not enough pavements.

Around 150 people gathered outside the former Queen's Arms pub on Reading Road in protest last night, as Mel Bloor now reports.

Interviewees: Phip Woodhatch from the 'Stop Tesco in Goring' campaign and Jayesh Patel, Goring shopkeeper

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Opposition to Tesco's Kent superstore

Video. Angry residents in Margate have lodged an appeal against a Government ruling that allows Tesco to build a new superstore in the town. It follows a lengthy public enquiry and a decision not to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the site

Retail guru Mary Portas has demanded a meeting with David Cameron, saying she believes the store will become a symbol of a failure to tackle the problems facing high streets.

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BREAKING NEWS: 1,000 supermarket jobs for Reading

Tesco has announced the creation of over 1,000 jobs in Reading. Credit: PA

A new Tesco distribution centre is to open in Reading, with recruitment for around 1,000 jobs starting this week, the company has told ITV Meridian.

The supermarket giant said 1,150 jobs are being created in total with 85 positions "‘ring-fenced" for the long term unemployed.

The centre will open in May.

A company spokesperson said: “As part of a strategic review of our distribution network, we are delighted to confirm that our new Tesco grocery distribution centre will open in Reading this May.

"This is a significant investment in the local economy and will create hundreds of jobs for local people, including some specifically for the long term unemployed.

“Our customers in Reading, and across the South East, will benefit from improved availability of grocery products in their local stores and, by bringing thousands of products closer to stores, we are also able to reduce the carbon emissions from our distribution network.”

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