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Fresh delay over Tesco proposals

Artists impressions of plans by Northumberland Estates for a Tesco on The Braid, Amble..

Artists impressions of plans by Northumberland Estates for a Tesco on The Braid, Amble..

Frustration is building after revised plans for a stalled supermarket in a seaside town have been delayed yet again.

Tesco was due to commence work on its Amble eco-store last spring – after a start date in 2012 was pushed back – but made an eleventh-hour decision to amend the development, halting progress.

The company insisted that the scheme would be ready for consultation in the autumn, with a view to lodging an application by the end of the year.

But nothing has come forward. And now Tesco says the plans won’t be ready until the new year.

It is another twist in what is becoming a long, drawn-out saga.

Amble Mayor Craig Weir said: “I can’t understand why an organisation as large as Tesco is taking such a long time. And what do they mean by the new year? January, February, March ? It is all very vague.”

Coun Robert Arckless said he was disappointed at the length of time it has taken while Coun Jeff Watson admitted the delay was frustrating.

He added: “We are waiting with baited breath. The sooner these plans are released, the better.”

The store, due to be sited on land north of Queen Street and adjacent to The Braid, will bring with it more than 100 jobs. Despite the delays, Tesco has insisted it is committed to building the shop.

 

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