Tesco under fire over empty plot

A former petrol station site on the corner of Canberra Road and Turpin Green Lane, Leyland, which is soon to become a Tesco Express
A former petrol station site on the corner of Canberra Road and Turpin Green Lane, Leyland, which is soon to become a Tesco Express
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Work to build a new Tesco Express store in Leyland has hit delays, prompting those who opposed the scheme in the first place to question what the hold-up is.

The former service station site on the corner of Canberra Road and Turpin Green Lane has been boarded up for months after planning permission was passed for a convenience store to be built there last year.

It then came to light that Tesco was behind the project, and the company revealed that the shop was due to open this Spring.

But building work hasn’t even started yet, and all a Tesco spokesman could tell the Guardian was: “We are currently looking to finalise the details for the building works and the opening date, and will keep the local community updated.”

But councillor for the area, Caleb Tomlinson, is worried about residents being left in the dark about the plans.

He said: “Ever since I became a councillor six years ago, this piece of land has been a contentious issue; nobody wanted a convenience store there because of the traffic.

“I find it strange that Tesco were so keen to get the plans through, and now nothing is being done.

“As usual, the locals who opposed these plans in the first place are being left in the dark.

“It used to be a former petrol station so I don’t know if they’ve found a problem underground which is causing them some difficulty.

“But there hasn’t even been any movement there for months, and it’s about time they got on with it.

“We’ve ended up now with a fenced off plot of land in Leyland with nothing happening there.”