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Grantham Journal letter: Solution is being sought to muddy verges

Muddy verges outside Tesco, Keats Avenue, Grantham. Pictured are Carole Wainwright and Coun Bruce Wells.

Muddy verges outside Tesco, Keats Avenue, Grantham. Pictured are Carole Wainwright and Coun Bruce Wells.

Following an article in the Journal and a letter a couple of weeks ago, I would like to update readers on the damaged verges outside the Tesco store on the Harrowby estate.

Sadly, as I have already said, there is no quick fix and it is pointless reinstating the grass verge until a more positive solution is found.

Because Tesco didn’t have to go through the normal planning procedures as it was just a change of use, I believe not enough was done to address the problems that we are up against now. It is the local residents I feel sorry for and I will do all I can to support them.

It is both delivery lorries and customers alike churning up the grass verges. The whole place looks a shabby mess and, let’s face it, this road is really a residential road and not designed for heavy lorry manoeuvres and high volumes of traffic.

With all this in mind, the Highways manager and I have now had two meetings with the Tesco senior management and have put a couple of proposals to them with a view to try to alleviate the situation. Tesco is a leading brand and a multi-national company and as such I would expect them to work with us to restore Keats Avenue to a better environment than we have at the moment.

I, like the residents are not anti-Tesco at all, as it is obviously very popular and it also employs a lot of people from the local area.

Lastly, in answer to Alan Robinson’s letter, I must point out that the Tesco store does not own the piece of land next to it which still contains the old Cherry Tree play equipment.

Coun Linda Wootten

Grantham East

 

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