PE01497: Supermarket expansion on local high streets

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Ellie Harrison on behalf of Say NO to TESCO!


Date Lodged: 06 December 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to give local councils and communities the power to stop unwanted supermarket expansion on their local high streets.

Petition History:

The petitioner has also collected 1,348 offline signatures.


28 January 2014: The Committee took evidence from Ellie Harrison, and Paula Fraser, Say No to Tesco campaign. The Committee agreed to seek further written evidence from the petitioner and write to the Scottish Government, the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland and a range of local authorities, including Glasgow City Council and Falkirk Council. Link to Official Report 28 January 2014 (550KB pdf)

1 April 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 1 April 2014 (448KB pdf)

3 June 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 3 June 2014 (484KB pdf)

30 September 2014: The Committee agreed to refer the petition, under Rule 15.6.2, to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee to consider in the context of its scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. Link to Official Report 30 September 2014 (509KB pdf)

Link to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee's consideration of the petition 

26 January 2015: The Local Government and Regeneration Committee closed the petition with the publication of its Stage 1 report on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. Link to Committee Report

Written submissions: 


  • Are you alarmed at the number of new Tesco 'Express', Sainsbury's 'Local' or Morrison 'M Local' stores which have opened in your area in the last few years?
  • Is this having a detrimental impact on the local, independent traders nearby?
  • Do you often have no choice but to shop in the new chain supermarkets because all the old independent traders have been forced to close?
  • Do you think communities should have a greater say in what new shops open on their local high streets?
  • Should local councils have power to actively support local independent traders and discriminate against supermarket giants when necessary?


The co-op determined to open a store in our village despite the community saying no - they are so arrogant and don't listen. It would kill our wee local shops which sustain a number of families and more


20:20 on 06 Dec 2013

Horrible. I can't think of anything good. Support local trade.

Marnie Silver

15:06 on 06 Dec 2013

Tesco is not only taking the place of local traders, they are becoming a large, ominous, pervading force with their brightly lit shop fronts open all night.

Rose Fraser

11:34 on 06 Dec 2013

If you really want to reign in a corporation, then just don't buy their products and spend your money in smaller local businesses that really need your support.

Donald Scott

1:04 on 06 Dec 2013

When Tesco and the other big chains move into and area, they are able to use their economic muscle to out gun the small independent traders. These presence of small traders is what gives an area it's character and invigorates the community. Once these traders are gone, all we will have left is the supermarkets. What kind of Orwellian prospect is that?

Malcolm Stevenson

20:14 on 05 Dec 2013

Absolutely agree with this, the power of supermarkets must be reined in. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what really needs to be done.

Douglas Daniel

16:16 on 05 Dec 2013

Tesco are corporate thugs. Keep them out!

David Belcher

10:12 on 05 Dec 2013

Multinationals such as Tesco sook up the economic life blood of any community they are in, destroying the fabric of local society in the process. When the small traders go to the wall, the fine fibres of community interaction are severed. A dependency on the multinational is also created. And with the technology they use to monitor customers, mass manipulation of people is the next step.

Grace Franklin

22:40 on 04 Dec 2013

Tescopoly puts local businesses in danger and takes away from the personality of community high streets. I've been boycotting Tesco for about two years and feel my diet has improved and I feel closer to my local community.

Rosa Elswood

22:08 on 02 Dec 2013

local councils should also consider the detrimental effect that parking charges have on small local businesses on the high street.


20:48 on 25 Nov 2013

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