Newly elected Euro MP for the Fylde, Paul Nuttall, has joined the debate about the building of a new Tesco in Blackpool.
Mr Nuttall, who represents the UK Independence Party in Brussels, said he shares local businesses’ concerns about the impact the new Tesco in Layton could have.
“On the one hand you have Tesco saying this will create jobs in the area, which is great, but what about the jobs that will actually be lost by the building of the new Tesco?
“The small and medium traders in Layton will be particularly affected. The controversial plans will also mean the loss of the Windmill pub, at a time when pubs are already closing at the rate of 52 a week.
Mr. Nuttall, who is also the chairman of UKIP, believes that the decision should rest solely with local people.
“We can’t leave decisions this big to career politicians on the local council. This Tesco development will impact on local people, so they should be the ones to decide, by a local referendum”.