Tesco waits on green light for demolition

The fenced-off buildings on The Braid.
The fenced-off buildings on The Braid.

Plans to demolish buildings at an eyesore site of a planned Tesco store have been delayed, as the supermarket giant awaits approval for the clearance work to take place.

Meanwhile, the company has also dismissed suggestions that its plot in Amble may be used as a temporary car park once the site is flattened.

The issues were raised at Thursday’s town-council meeting, with one resident wanting to know when demolition will begin.

In July, we reported that Tesco was hoping to start clearing the land, north of Queen Street and adjacent to the Braid, in mid-August. But nothing has happened yet.

Speaking after the meeting, Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas explained the situation. He said: “We’re determined to get cracking on our demolition and deliver what the community has been asking for. We’re waiting on planning approval from the local authority before we can start.”

Of the site being used as a temporary car park following demolition and prior to building work starting, Mr Thomas said: “We’re really conscious of the impact on our neighbours in Amble.

“Any use of the site would need to consider this and we would not look to provide car parking if it had a detrimental effect. We would prefer to see it flattened and left tidy.

“Once demolition has taken place, metal-mesh fencing will be installed around the site, with a padlocked, gated access. The site will be visible through the fence in order to deter anti-social behaviour.”

The company added that it intends to tidy the area and save some of the crushed materials so that this can be used to help resurface access to local allotments.

While Tesco owns the land, the company has continued to delay submitting a revised scheme, following an 11th-hour decision to amend the plans in early 2013.

Mr Thomas said: “We keep our proposals for Amble under review and as soon as there is a further update on consultation we will let the community know.”

○ The county council is exploring whether part of the Braid, to the right of the Amble Marina gates, could be used as a temporary car park, with access from the A1068.