Tesco boss' home faces demolition
PUBLISHED: 10:17 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009
A GRANDMOTHER has launched an audacious bid to bulldoze the luxury home of Tesco supremo Sir Terry Leahy. Dot Reid, 58, will lose her home of the past 15 years if the controversial plan to move Everton FC to Kirkby goes ahead. The retired laundry woman
A GRANDMOTHER has launched an audacious bid to bulldoze the luxury home of Tesco supremo Sir Terry Leahy.
Dot Reid, 58, will lose her home of the past 15 years if the controversial plan to move Everton FC to Kirkby goes ahead.
The retired laundry woman has retaliated by submitting a planning application to Sir Terry's local council in Times Territory to demolish his multi-million pound mansion in leafy Cuffley.
The mother-of-three has suggested turning his land into a community garden, with water features and a kiosk for pensioners.
She even drafted in architects to prepare blueprints, which include landscaping around the expensive property.
Although Tesco has dismissed Mrs Reid's application as a "publicity stunt", Welwyn Hatfield Council confirmed it would be treated like any other.
Sir Terry lives in a huge property in an exclusive area called The Ridgeway area.
It has an outdoor swimming pool and gym within its grounds and enjoys views of the surrounding countryside.
His large detached house was doubled in size recently, much to the anger of his fellow Cuffley residents, who objected to the bid.
Mrs Reid, of Spicer Grove, Kirkby, said: "I do not want my home knocking down for a superstore and a football stadium, but that is what will happen if the plans get passed.
"I thought how would Sir Terry and his family feel if their home was being threatened? That is why I put in an application to knock his house down.
"I am appalled our homes are under threat. It would mean the break-up of a happy community.
"I have not had any proper consultation over these plans and if I was asked, the answer would be: 'I am not moving and you are not knocking down my home'."
Mrs Reid, who has lived in Kirkby for 30 years, helped found St Patrick's housing co-operative in 1987, playing an integral role in getting 20 properties built.
A Tesco spokesman said: "This move is clearly a publicity stunt and has no chance of ever being implemented.
"The only outcome will be to waste the time, effort and taxpayers' money of Welwyn Hatfield Council.
"In contrast to this application, the Destination Kirkby team have consulted widely in Kirkby over the £400m investment we are planning.
"The plans have been welcomed by the vast majority of people, who recognise this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will create more than 2,000 jobs."
* Everton FC are planning to move from their current home to Kirkby in a joint venture with Tesco.
* The supermarket giant would build its new megastore with the stadium and Everton would get the stadium for very little money.
* It has been a very controversial plan as this would put the Premier League club well into the suburbs, Kirkby being several miles to the north east of Liverpool city centre.
* The current stadium, Goodison Park, has no room for expansion.
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