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North Kesteven District Council 'disappointed' with Tesco withdrawal

Leaders of North Kesteve District Council say they are "very disappointed" after a new store in Sleaford was one of 49 nationwide halted by Tesco.

North Kesteven District Council 'disappointed' with Tesco withdrawal Credit: Press Association

The supermarket announced today that 43 unprofitable stores would close as the company fights to reduce its capital expenditure.

We are obviously very disappointed that Tesco has decided not to proceed with its approved plans for a new Sleaford store, along with a further 48 planned developments nationwide. In the six years since Tesco secured its initial planning consent to redevelop the Advanta Seeds site, we have continued to work closely with them as a key partner in broadening the scope for significant economic growth and regeneration for Sleaford. We had hoped that the store would have been up and running by now, with some hundreds of new jobs in place, delivering more far reaching economic regeneration and helping to secure the future viability of the historic Maltings. It remains our aim to see this large, central brownfield site developed for the benefit of the town and I am certain that those parties committed to jobs and investment in Sleaford will continue to engage in planning for a prosperous future.

– Cllr Marion Brighton OBE, North Kesteven District Council Leader

It is with a heavy heart that I am today announcing that we are unable to proceed with 49 planned new store developments across the UK, including our planned store in Sleaford. Our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and my absolute imperative has to be to protect the future of our business for the c. 300,000 colleagues we employ in communities all over the UK. I know that this news will be a real disappointment to many people in the local community and we’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received for our plans. I am very aware of the importance of the site to the area and I am determined that we will work closely with North Kesteven Council to find the right solution for the local community.

– Dave Lewis, Tesco’s Chief Executive Officer

Tesco fights to open supermarket in Holmfirth

Controversial plans for a new Tesco store in Holmfirth have gone to a public inquiry.

The development on land outside the town, which was made famous by the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, was refused planning permission by Kirklees Council last year.

They said the impact on local roads was too great - and a supermarket in nearby Honley was a better solution. Tesco is now appealing against the decision - which has split the community.


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Three Tesco distribution centres to close

Tesco are closing the following distribution centres:

  • Weybridge in Surrey which employs approximately 650 staff
  • Harlow in Essex which employs approximately 800 staff
  • Chesterfield in Derbyshire which employs approximately 400 staff

In addition Magor, in Monmouthshire, will reduce by approximately 150 staff and Welham Green, in Hertfordshire, by 70.

Tesco said staff would be offered alternative roles at other Tesco sites, including two new distribution centres at Reading and Dagenham where approximately 2,000 jobs will be created.

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Tesco apologises for horsemeat found in beef burgers

Tim Smith, group technical director of Tesco has apologised to customers after beef burgers sold at the supermarket were found to contain horse meat.

He said that there is no way to know until investigations have been completed how this could have happened. He added "there are only two ways that this could happen, one of them involves illegality by suppliers or the suppliers of those suppliers or gross negligence."

Tesco no-go area

Supermarket giants Tesco has said Gleadless valley in Sheffield is a no-go area for its home delivery service. Residents are outraged at the decision, but the company says their drivers have been threatened and had stones thrown at them while making deliveries. Martin Fisher reports

Tesco drivers block gates of Doncaster distribution centre

Nearly 200 lorry drivers in Doncaster, striking over planned job cuts, say they'll now end the industrial action if they're offered a better redundancy package.

The workers blocked the gates of Tesco's distribution centre today in their long running dispute with haulage giant Eddie Stobart.

The row broke out in August after Tesco's decision to contract out delivery work. The strikers claim they've been offered new jobs across the country and on worse pay and conditions.


Tesco drivers at risk of losing jobs hold talks

The union representing Tesco drivers at risk of losing their jobs is holding talks today to resolve the dispute.

180 drivers based in Doncaster face being out of work by Christmas after Eddie Stobart Limited became their new employer and issued them a termination of employment notice. The workers have already held strikes and demonstrated in Westminster.

Representatives from the firm and Unite the union are trying to resolve the situation after bringing in conciliation service Acas.

Tesco drivers take their protest to Westminster

Tesco drivers take their protest to Westminster

Workers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have gone on strike again today in a row over jobs. A group are also holding a protest in Westminster. More than 180 drivers face being made redundant after haulage giant Eddie Stobart took over the centre in the summer.

Today, Unite members walked out at the start of three days of strikes, which could cause disruption to Tesco deliveries across the region.

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