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Kinson Tesco a step closer - now only greengrocer Malcolm stands in the way
A NEW supermarket in Kinson has come a step closer – but there is still one hurdle in its way.
Tesco, which wants to demolish the shopping parade in Wimborne Road and start from scratch, has now signed the final legal agreements for the development, the council has confirmed.
It brings to an end a lengthy battle by the supermarket giant to secure the site, but it might not be able to start work until the end of next year.
Greengrocer Malcolm Townsend is standing firm in his unit and has a lease until November 2013 – the parade needs to be empty before Tesco can start work.
Malcolm said: “They don’t seem to be interested in any movement as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be here until next November.”
He said he understood other units were being let until the same time as his lease expires next year and he planned to stay in Kinson when he had to move from the parade.
“I think the plan is alright and needs to be done,” he added.
One of the councillors for the area, Labour’s Dennis Gritt, said: “From my point of view and the residents’ point of view it’s very good news, the place is now getting more and more scruffy and we’re getting fly tipping around the area and the sooner they get on with it the better as far as I’m concerned.”
He said it was the ‘last piece in the jigsaw’ for the area.
“This will complete the centre of Kinson, lift it up and hopefully more people will use the shopping area,” he said.
Independent councillor Ron Whittaker added: “It’s desperately needed down there. It will support the smaller shops. The drawback is we will lose the Royal Oak (pub) in the end.
“But overall it’s a plus with the improvements to the road.
“I’m not a fan of Tesco by any means, but at least it’s a different store there.”
An earlier application was initially approved, but the company could not reach a deal on making a £200,000 payment to the council to mitigate the increase in traffic and road damage.
Permission was refused in April when the deadline expired.
Steve Davies, principal planning officer at the council, said: “The legal agreement has been received and signed by the council and planning permission is now granted for the development.”