Around five hundred people have marched through Sherborne protesting against proposals for a Tesco supermarket.
The demonstration coincided with a consultation by Tesco over plans for a superstore on the outskirts of the town in Dorset. Many shops closed for an hour to show how they think the town centre will be affected.
Shops in Sherborne closed for an hour this lunchtime in protest at plans for a Tesco supermarket. Traders fear the superstore could take business away from the town centre.
Tesco is asking residents for their views. It wants to knock down a hotel on the outskirts of town to make way for the development.
A separate campaign is also underway in favour of the plan. A consultation session is being held at the moment in Digby Hall.
Shop owners in Sherborne, Dorset, say a new supermarket will take vital trade away from the high street - a claim Tesco denies. The company wants to build a store on the site of the Sherborne Hotel, on the town's outskirts.
Shops will close in Sherborne this afternoon in protest at plans for a Tesco supermarket.
Traders fear the superstore could suck life from the town centre. Tesco is asking residents for their views. It proposes demolishing a hotel on the outskirts of town.
A campaign is also underway in favour of the supermarket. A consultation session will be held at the Digby Hall from 2.30pm.
Plans for a third outlet of Tesco in the small town of Barnstaple have been described as madness by independent traders. With Asda and Morrisons already planning stores in Barnstaple, a major retail study recently found that only one additional supermarket was needed in North Devon.
Farmers in the westcountry who supply milk to Tesco are to get a pay rise of just over 2p a litre from next month. It follows a summer of protests over planned price cuts which saw a series of blockades at dairy processors including Robert Wiseman near Bridgwater.
Morrisons and the Co-Op hiked their prices following the demonstrations. Tesco says the new price of up to 31.58p per litre follows a regular review and is not connected to the protests.
Tesco is seeking a judicial review over Cornwall Council granting planning permission to Sainsbury's to redevelop the heliport site in Penzance into a supermarket.
Tesco, which has a store nearby, is claiming that there was insufficient evidence regarding the loss of the heliport in deciding the application, and that the Council acted unlawfully in not securing an alternative site for the heliport nearby.
British International helicopter services to the Isles of Scilly are now due to move to Newquay Airport.
– Cornwall Council statement
The Council is disappointed that Tesco has delayed so long and put this claim in as late as possible. The Council will be fully defending this claim, but this process could take several months to conclude.