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We’re calling on Eric Pickles, the Secretary for State for Communities and Local Government, to call a public inquiry into plans for a new Tesco at Hattersley.

We were downhearted when Tameside Council ignored our objections (along with 22 others) and a petition with over 400 signatories, and gave permission for the 8,750 square metre store. It will bring mayhem to an already traffic choked area on the edge of the Peak District. Traffic problems on the A628 are already dire and the store and petrol station will bring even more cars in to the area. 

Hattersley is on the edge of the Peak District with valuable countryside to the north and east. Hurstclough Brook and its woodland link Hattersley to the moors and provide local people with a green space for recreation and children’s play.

Eric Pickles now has 21 days to call the case in for a public inquiry. Join us in are urging him to do this, and give the case the thorough scrutiny it needs. The deadline for calling the public inquiry is September 29 – so email Eric Pickles or write to him:

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU