CAMPAIGNERS have launched a petition against a major town centre development.
This month Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman set up the group to examine the plans for a new Tesco.
The retail giant wants to build a new supermarket on the site of Huddersfield Sports Centre at Southgate.
A new sports centre would be built on the site of the Springwood car park.
Tesco’s existing supermarket on Viaduct Street would be bulldozed and replaced by housing, offices, shops and a hotel.
Mr Sheerman is worried that the new supermarket would be an eyesore that could damage the environment, cause transport chaos and hit town centre retailers.
On April 18 about 60 people, including business people and residents, attended a public meeting organised by the MP to discuss the plans.
Now the group – as yet unnamed – has launched a petition demanding more consultation on the plans.
The petition also calls on Kirklees Council to allow an independent environmental impact study and a design review into Tesco’s proposals.
Mr Sheerman said the petition was going well.
He said: “We emailed the petition to the 60 people who attended the meeting and they have emailed it on to their friends.
“Campaigners were also out on Saturday collecting signatures outside the Town Hall and in Kingsgate.
“The amount of interest is amazing. People feel they haven’t been consulted on this plan.’’
He added: “Let’s have a real evaluation before we start selling great chunks of the town centre to the biggest retailer in Britain.”
Mr Sheerman also said Huddersfield must avoid repeating the planning errors of the past.
The Labour MP said: “This is one of the most distinguished and beautiful towns in England. You cast that away at your peril.
“Dreadful mistakes were made in the 1960s and we don’t want them to be repeated.”
Mr Sheerman also called for greater transparency from Kirklees.
He said: “No-one will tell us what the nature of the deal is between the council and Tesco. How can Kirklees be objective when they’re in bed with Tesco?”