Hypocrites open local Tesco

Batchley Support Group and Redditch MP Karen Lumley both spoke out about Tesco opening a new store in the Batchley area of Redditch.

So why would they turn up for the grand opening of the store that they didn’t agree with. Karen perhaps turned up to have her picture in the Local Papers but i find it strange that Batchley Support Group would except a £500 donation from Tesco when they claimed it would ruin local shops and may even cause them to close.

Batchley Support Group is run by members of Redditch Labour Party and gets grants from lots of organisations including Redditch Borough Council and the National Lottery.

The Group made headlines last year after it sent Prisoners to decorate the house of Jacqui Smith.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029437/Jacqui-Smith-defends-use-2-prisoners-paint-450k-home.html

The Group at first denied any links with Jacqui or the Labour Party but it emerged Jacqui and Mrs Muckle were close friends and signed Nomination papers for Jacqui to stand for Parliament.

 A trustee of Batchley Support Group stands in Local elections in Redditch for Labour and in the past was a Councillor.

This is what they both said in the Redditch Standard in June

http://www.redditchstandard.co.uk/2011/06/28/story-New-Tesco-may-be-last-straw-for-local-shops-45703.html

THE ARRIVAL of a third Tesco store in the town could be the final nail in the coffin for family-owned businesses in Batchley according to residents.
Members of Batchley Support Group voiced their concerns after the supermarket giant confirmed it had agreed a deal for the derelict Brock Hill Pub in Willow Way.
But the group claim the Express store planned for the site threatens the future of individual shops in the district, which currently boasts a greengrocer, butcher and pharmacist.
Speaking to The Standard, campaigner Maureen Muckle said the news came as a shock as no consultation had taken place and branded the situation as outrageous.
“We have got a nice little run of shops and we don’t want to lose them. We’re always hearing there’s a problem with there not being enough independent shops and we’ve actually got them down here.
“It’s a very sensitive area with Pitcheroak School, youngsters walking back and forth to Batchley First and Birchensale Middle Schools and St David’s and Queen’s Cottages sheltered housing and it’s very worrying that a huge amount of new traffic will be brought to the area.
“I just wonder why Tesco feel they’ve got to move in without any consultation. This is about a community, that is the main thing,” she added.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley said: “I’m extremely disappointed we are in a situation where the local community where I live and the shops I use are going to be placed under threat.
“I think it’s a situation we need to look at possibly as a Government that Tesco and other people are buying up disused pubs on a technicality.
We are losing the local community and that has got to be bad news for people in the area.”

But a few months later they have a change of heart and fall over themselves to appear in local papers even cutting the ribbon to open the store.

http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/9460079.New_store_launch/?ref=mr

A NEW Redditch store has celebrated its launch with a donation to the Batchley Support Group.

Pattie Hill, group trustee, and Redditch MP Karen Lumley, were guests of honour when the new Tesco Express store on Willow Way recently opened.

As well as cutting a ribbon to declare the store officially open, store manager Roger Perry presented the group with £500.

Mrs Hill said: “I would like to thank Roger and his team for this generous donation, without funds like this we would struggle to provide vital services to the community.”

The Batchley Support Group aims to empower local people by helping them get involved in community activities, promoting regeneration and campaign on local issues.

Mr Perry said: “We are delighted to be able to support the group as it does fantastic work with the people in the Redditch community.

“We’re so pleased that Pattie and Karen could come to help us to celebrate the launch of our new store.”

He added: “My team and I are really enjoying welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”

It’s not known if the store has made any other donations

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