Talks due at site of stalled Tesco supermarket

Peter Robinson at the Amble site that is owned by Tesco.
Peter Robinson at the Amble site that is owned by Tesco.

A newly-elected councillor is to meet Tesco representatives at the eyesore site which is earmarked for a stalled supermarket development.

Peter Robinson, who won last week’s poll for a town-council seat, intends to raise concerns about the state of the plot which is plagued by derelict buildings and has been a haunt for disorderly youths.

And he is calling for a public meeting to discuss the company’s revised plans when they go out for public consultation, now expected to be in April.

Mr Robinson, who is holding the meeting independently of the town council, said: “Residents have been unhappy with the way in which the place has been left, which is not very pretty.

“I am arranging a meeting at the site with Tesco to try to sort this situation. I will be pushing for a public meeting so the people and the businesses of Amble can have a proper say about the plans.”

Discussions to improve the look and safety of the site, north of Queen Street and adjacent to The Braid, are not new. Amble Town Council has already worked with police, Tesco and other partners to help tidy up the area and tackle anti-social issues.

Recently, rubble had been removed from the site and Tesco is looking at demolishing the derelict buildings.