Aldeburgh is one of the region’s best-kept towns, and has a proud tradition of independent retail and local produce. With this in mind, it may not come as a surprise that residents turned out in force to have their say over the possible arrival of a new Tesco store on Saxmundham Road.
Residents have expressed mixed feelings about the new Tesco store: Patrick Nicholls, of Park Lane, told the East Anglian Daily Times that he feared Aldeburgh could “lose its heart” if Tesco was allowed to open. But others disagreed: Sandra Tyler, who lives near the golf course, told the paper: “I go into town for the post office, bank, chemist and occasionally the paper shop. Why don’t I go for the rest of the shop? There’s nothing there that interests me. Having a Tesco will give people on a low salary with children the opportunity to purchase things at a reasonable price.”
Aldeburgh is well known as a centre of local produce, with award-winning local butchers and grocers forming an integral part of the life of the town. Some residents feel that Tesco would threaten the local economy.
What do you think? Would a Tesco dilute Aldeburgh’s unique character, or will the store create jobs and provide value and convenience for the town’s lower-paid residents? Whatever your point of view, let us know what you think in the comments section below.