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A BRAT Gets Elected

By missladyjayne  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

New Brixham Town Councillor Rosemary Clarke (centre left in purple) campaigning with members of BRATS and Torbay Green Party

New Brixham Town Councillor Rosemary Clarke (centre left in purple) campaigning with members of BRATS and Torbay Green Party

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Torbay Green Party welcomes the election of Brixham Residents Against Tesco Supermarket

(BRATS) candidate Rosemary Clarke to Brixham Town Council.

Chairman of Torbay Green Party Dr Sam Moss said, 'Brixham have rightly chosen to elect a

hard-working candidate who will support local people, local jobs and local businesses and

campaign against the destruction of Brixham Town Centre by a huge Tesco Superstore. If

Torbay Council and the Torbay Development Agency had listened to local residents in the first

place the prospect of such a hideous Tesco development would not have been considered.

They are totally out-of-touch.'

'Torbay Green Party is still the only political party supporting BRATS in their fight for a home-

town solution against a rapacious supermarket chain with a well documented history of paying

poverty wages, destroying local jobs and putting local shops out of business as they strive to

maximise profits for their distant share holders' Sam remarked.

Sam added, 'Rosemary is now the only Brixham town councillor with a mandate and credibility

 – since the other councillor`s positions were uncontested. It is also significant that she

defeated a sitting Unitary Councillor who is also a member of the Torbay Planning Committee.

He may now be reconsidering whether to continue with his support for this unnecessary

development if he is seeking re-election.'

This development will generate extra traffic, pollution, road dangers and noise in a compact old

town not designed for modern traffic. The design and scale of the proposed Tesco

development, 40,000 square feet in total, will have a negative effect on Brixham Town centre

and the loss of such a valued open space could also be hugely detrimental to the appeal,

amenity and unique character of Brixham. 

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  • DevonJanner  |  November 21 2012, 10:38AM

    it`s all down to the shopper,these days you go where food is the cheapest,not keeping old fred bloggs from going bust!!

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  • robocop1982  |  November 20 2012, 3:39PM

    why is reading the papers these days more scary than watching a horror movie? WHen i was a kid i used to think watching henry kane in poltergeist 2 was scary but now watching the news far exceeds any horror movie. ITs like one big horror movie accept this is real and not acted.

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  • reiwruwiou  |  November 20 2012, 12:48PM

    Missladyjayne is spot on - it appears that only "Bakers" and "Team Leaders" actually earn more than £7.45 hour. Also, with other branches of Tesco looking to lay people off, how many will get redeployed to Brixham, effectively reducing the number of jobs "created" by the new store?

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  • Ax0l0tl  |  November 19 2012, 7:58PM

    Rosemary is Brixham Town Council's only elected councillor. Will the other councillors put their policies to the test?

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  • missladyjayne  |  November 19 2012, 6:36PM

    Checkout Operator £6.76 Retail store assistant £6.76 The living wage is £7.45 and that still presumes you claim all the benefits you are entitled to, and mean while Tesco has created an elaborate corporate structure involving offshore tax havens which enables it to avoid paying what could be up to £1bn of tax on profits from the sale of its UK properties.

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  • dgldBRIX12  |  November 19 2012, 5:25PM

    Why do we allow politicians to get away with telling lies? Most of the comments attributed in this report are simpy incorrect, in particular to the "poverty wages" attributed to Tesco. If the Herald Express had a journalist who did their homework, all it would take is a simple phone call to the South West regional officer of USDAW to enable them to challenge the blatant lies trotted out. Sadly, if a candidate is going to get away with this kind of rubbish, how can we possibly trust her to serve our best interests? And I'm not even an enthusiatic supporter of the development myself, but in the absence of any other business bringing jobs to Brixham, this BRATS lot need to come up with some solid alternatives, and I am including the plan that they put to councillors in August in that analysis. And start telling the public the truth, instead of your twisted interpretations to suit your case.

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