August 11, 2011
'still committed' to Burnham-On-Sea store's crucial expansion
that Tesco has axed the multi-million pound expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea
store - and thereby pulled the plug on providing £300,000
of community funding to the town appear to have been quashed this
supermarket giant exclusively told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it
is 'still committed' to the expansion of its Ben Travers Way store,
despite concerns that the plans may have been shelved.
Tesco spokeswoman Maxine Crawford told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "We are still committed to the extension of our Burnham-On-Sea
store but we have no further details at the moment regarding the
plans or timing. They are still going through approvals, but we
hope to release more information in a couple of weeks' time."
expansion plans were approved by district councillors two
years ago and, if unchanged, would lead to an extra 1,200
square metres of shopping space being created, along with additional
parking and new jobs.
once the work begins, Tesco will give more than £300,000
to Burnham's town centre regeneration project as part of an RLT2
agreememt struck with Sedgemoor District Council.
'community gain' was agreed between Sedgemoor and Tesco at the
time that the planning application was approved in order to enhance
the town's shopping environment and help to compensate Burnham
traders for any possible lost trade.
Neville Jones, who is Chairman of the Burnham's Civic Pride committee,
said at the latest town council meeting: "We hope there is
still money coming from Tesco for improvements to the town, but
no-one can bank on the cash until the long overdue building work
begins. My concern is that the RTL2 agreement will expire."
the plans to pedestrianise Burnham High Street were axed
last week, the Civic Pride group still wants to use the money
to smarten up and modernise the town centre with new street furniture.
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