It's been announced that supermarket giant Tesco will NOT be submitting an application for a store in Sherborne.
It follows a huge campaign against the plans. People there said it would ruin the High Street and destroy independent businesses. Tesco say it was planning issues, and not just protesters, that drove the decision.
Tesco has dropped its plans to build a supermarket on the site of a hotel near Sherborne, Dorset. It was faced with strong protest from local shopkeepers.
Today I have announced that Tesco has decided not to pursue a plan to redevelop a hotel site in Sherborne into a store. We’ve held meetings in the town, talked to supporters and opponents, discussed with the Council and this week we have concluded it won’t work. Protestors will celebrate, but in the end it was planning, not the protest, which drove this conclusion. Road access to the store site proved too difficult and expensive to resolve, the plan was not workable, so we did not submit an application.
Sherborne has been dressed with red, white and blue bunting as it bids farewell to one of its greatest sporting heroes.
I am so extremely proud of all his achievements. As many people have told me in the last few weeks Andy has accomplished more in his 36 years than most people do in their lifetime. We have been deeply moved by all the beautiful tributes received during this immensely sad time."
– Andrew Simpson's sister Amanda
His numerous achievements are a credit to the extraordinary effort which he dedicated to his sport. Andrew will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today."
– Jan Paterson, Deputy Chef de Mission at London 2012, British Olympic Association
Tributes have been paid to the Dorset-based Olympian Andrew Simpson who's died after his catamaran capsized off the coast of California. The 36 year old, who lived in Sherborne, was training on the Artemis - Sweden's entry in the America's cup - when it overturned.