Councillor urges action over Tesco

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A Labour councillor has accused Erewash Borough Council of not doing enough to ensure the building of a Tesco store in Sandiacre.

The Mark Street store was approved during a council meeting in July last year amid much controversy as many residents opposed it on the grounds that it would have a negative impact on smaller businesses.

But the firm’s plans for the new food store, car park and recycling centre in Mark Street and land south of Station Road was agreed on the basis of investment in local infrastructure worth £750,000.

Now Cllr Howard Griffiths is urging the borough council to put pressure on Tesco and bring much-needed development to the area.

Cllr Griffiths said: “The store, approved by Erewash over a year ago would be a shoppers’ honey trap benefiting smaller businesses from the increased footfall in the locale.

“The derelict buildings on Station Road denote a spiral of decline and the demise of Comet completes a bleak scenario.

“The Tories who run Erewash should pick up the phone to Tesco and ask them to get a move on.”

Rosalind Heydon, of action group A Future for Sandiacre Community, said: “We’ve now got a further supermarket with outline permission in Ilkeston and the economic climate is not good right now - people only have so much money to go around.”

“And we have always questioned the number of jobs the development would provide.

“There are many other empty properties we would like something done with.”

Richard Snow, of Erewash Borough Council, said: “The planning committee resolved to grant permission for the Sandiacre superstore in July 2011 and following the completion of a legal agreement the permission was issued (in October 2011).

“The developers have until October 2014 to commence the development.”