ALMOST 600 residents attended a meeting to discuss Tesco’s plans for a shop in Goring.
The village hall was packed and scores of people had to stand in the aisles or in the neighbouring Belleme Room.
Many more had to stand outside and listen to the debate over loudspeakers.
Tesco plans to open an Express convenience store at the former Queen’s Arms pub in Reading Road. It does not need planning permission for the change of use.
Action group Stop Tesco In Goring, which called the meeting on Wednesday last week, says the shop would lure shoppers out of the village centre and so threaten the viability of the village’s independent stores.