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