Tempers fray over Tesco decision to pull plug on Bexleyheath plans
PUBLISHED: 09:21 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 13 January 2015
Political rivals seek to score points following disappointment
Political tensions are brewing after supermarket giant Tesco confirmed it was pulling out of plans to build a new superstore in Bexleyheath.
The decision was announced last week as part of a nationwide decision to scrap 49 shops proposed across the UK. Other sites include nearby Dartford.
It had planned to build on the site of the old civic offices in a move which would have created 370 full and part-time jobs and provided nearly 500 parking spaces.
The site, in Albion Road, is currently derelict.
Now the leader of the Labour group on Bexley Council, Alan Deadman, has hit out at the decision and looked to heap blame on local political rivals.
He said: “For years, this Tory controlled council has led us to believe that Tesco were the best option for taking over the old Civic Centre site.
“Bexley residents were told this would create more job opportunities in the borough. I am afraid Tesco’s disappointing announcement will put a dent in Bexley’s employment market. This Tory council must work with Tesco’s to find an appropriate replacement for the site.
“Bexley Labour group hopes this Tory council meets with Tesco urgently to discuss a new way forward for the site, which is currently very unsightly. I hope that they engage with Bexley residents to find out what they want on the site. I won’t allow this site to become derelict. We don’t want this site to site empty for year blighting the area in the way the Tesco land in Dartford has.”
A Bexley Council spokesman said: “We will be meeting with Tesco in the next few weeks to discuss the future of the site and we will be working actively with them to ensure that plans come forward for the site which enable the town to continue to prosper.”
Details on Dartford’s store blow: