Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

Home of Tesco boss 'should be bulldozed'

Published 12/04/2008

Sir Terry Leahy, the multimillionaire chief executive of Tesco, is used to getting what he wants. Under his reign, the supermarket chain has invaded almost every town and city in Britain. But Mr Leahy appears to have met an unlikely match in the shape of Dot Reid, 58.

Angered by plans to create a football stadium and Tesco supermarket on land where she lives, Mrs Reid has retaliated by submitting a planning application asking for permission to demolish Sir Terry's luxury home.

Mrs Reid will see her home of 15 years knocked down if plans to relocate Everton Football Club to Kirkby are agreed. The proposal includes plans for a Tesco supermarket.

So to show her displeasure, Mrs Reid has submitted a planning application to Sir Terry's local council in Hertfordshire, requesting permission to demolish his mansion in Cuffley.

She suggests turning the house, which has an outdoor swimming pool and gym, into a community garden for pensioners complete with water features.

Tesco have dismissed Mrs Reid's application as a "publicity stunt". But there is hope for Mrs Reid: Welwyn Hatfield Council said that her application would be considered and treated the same as any other.

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