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Residents call on Tesco to start work on four-year site
2:49pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A SUPERMARKET has been told to stop dragging its heels over building a new store.
A planning inspector gave Tesco permission to build the express shop at the former Cherry Tree Garage on Mersea Road, Colchester, in 2009.
Four years later they are no closer to opening, or even building, the store.
Residents have called on Tesco to either drop the scheme or hurry up and build it.
Belinda Scott, whose home neighbours the site, said: “They haven’t done a thing.
“I haven’t seen anybody here for about three years."
Tesco put in a new planning application last year to extend permission to build the shop.
It was withdrawn this week after Colchester Council agreed work had technically started within the legal timeframe.
Despite the company carrying out the necessary work to comply legally with the 2009 permission, work to actually build the store has not recommenced.
Colchester Council said it has been given no indication of when work could restart.
Mrs Scott, 47, and her husband Andy said they have been trying to get answers from Tesco about the site for months.
Mrs Scott said: “I don’t want a Tesco store here at all.
“But it’s an absolute eyesore. The amount of weeds over there are really bad.
“I think everybody would be pleased to see something there, probably not a Tesco, but then at least there will be something then.”
The Gazette contacted Tesco on Monday and asked them when work was going to start at the site.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “Our pre-development work is progressing well. As soon as there is a further update, we will get in touch with the local community to inform them about our plans in more detail”.
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