Anger as Tesco puts cen­tre plans on ice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

pre­sen­ta­tion: Ray Wood, chair­man of East­ern Re­gion Uni­son gas branch, pre­sent­ing Cllr Irene Walsh with £500 for the Peter­bor­ough War Me­mo­rial. (METP-21-05-12RH11) A £40 MIL­LION ven­ture to im­prove a neigh­bour­hood cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough has been de­layed be­cause the re­tail­ing gi­ant be­hind the scheme says it has run out of money.

Tesco has shelved plans to build a new su­per­store re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing one at the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, as well as re­vamp­ing the shop­ping area for at least an­other year, af­ter ad­mit­ting there was not enough money to com­plete the scheme.

In Jan­uary this year the firm said con­struc­tion would be­gin on the site at the end of 2012.

John Ti­mothy, cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager for the London and South East di­vi­sion said it had taken “longer than an­tic­i­pated” to get to where the firm is to­day with holdups due to “tech­ni­cal com­pli­ca­tions with plan­ners.

Mr Ti­mothy said: “There’s only so

de­lays: The Plough­man is safe from de­mo­li­tion for now. much money to go around this year and so what we would like to do is still do the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, but it will prob­a­bly be a few years away.”

“We are very com­mit­ted to Wer­ring­ton and it will hap­pen in the next few years. But we are not in a po­si­tion to start with it, but we are keen to pro­tect the con­sent so we can build a bet­ter shop­ping en­vi­ron­ment there.

“We are dis­ap­pointed not to be able to do it sooner, but the most im­por­tant thing is we re­main 100 per cent com­mit­ted to Wer­ring­ton.”

The plan were orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted three years ago, and to pro­tect their plan­ning per­mis­sion a new ap­pli­ca­tion was made, which in­cludes the de­mo­li­tion of a toi­let block.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, Wer­ring­ton north coun­cil­lor John Fox spoke of his frus­tra­tion over the de­lays.

He said: “It has been three years since the plans were sub­mit­ted, and peo­ple are start­ing to think it will not hap­pen.

“I know there has been a hold-up to do with the round­about, which needs to be built be­fore the su­per­mar­ket.

“We have one of three big dis­trict cen­tres, along with Bret­ton and Or­ton. Look how much the other two have im­proved, and how we have been left be­hind. The Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre is filthy and grotty, and the sooner the work be­gins the bet­ter.”

An­drew Sim­monds, the land­lord at The Plough­man, a pub set to be de­mol­ished as part of the plans, said he hoped the de­lay could help save the pub, and the dis­trict’s Post of­fice.

He said: “Peo­ple are start­ing to think this won’t go ahead. “I am dis­ap­pointed there is not a sched­ule of works that has been put in. I am also urg­ing Tesco to save the pub, and the Post Of­fice. They should talk to the com­mu­nity to find out what the peo­ple of Wer­ring­ton want.”

Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON. THE FUND to cre­ate and main­tain Peter­bor­ough’s new war me­mo­rial has been given a £500 boost by lo­cal union mem­bers.

Ray Wood, the chair­man of East­ern Re­gion Uni­son gas branch, pre­sented the do­na­tion at a cer­e­mony in front of the new me­mo­rial, in Bridge Street, Peter­bor­ough yes­ter­day.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was also an op­por­tu­nity for the stan­dards to be in­stalled into their right­ful places on the me­mo­rial for the first time to make sure the fit­tings work ahead of their for­mal use for Re­mem­brance ser­vices in Novem­ber.

Ge­orge Ben­nett, of Peter­bor­ough Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Ob­vi­ously we would like to say a big thank you to Uni­son but also to the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough, who have raised all of the money for the me­mo­rial.”

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