Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell received a personal letter this morning from Tesco’s Chief Executive Officer, informing him of the company’s decision not to proceed with a superstore on the former Barracks site off Butt Road. Sir Bob “I immediately contacted Tesco and we will be holding a meeting to discuss the future of this site.
“I had a meeting with them last year when I was informed that a decision to proceed was on ‘hold’. Now the company has decided not to go ahead, but the planning consent remains one for a superstore – so clearly there are commercial decisions which Tesco will take into account if they decide to dispose of the site.”
Sir Bob said that the Garrison Development Blueprint was for a supermarket on the corner of Butt Road and Goojerat Road, so it would be a change of planning policy if the land was to be used for something else.
“If there is going to be a change to the planning use or planning consent then I hope Colchester Borough Council will take the opportunity to insist on pedestrian safety measures on the western side of Butt Road, between the corner from Layer Road towards Constantine Road, by widening the pavement and amending the road layout.”
He added: “Residents of houses on the new estate opposite the proposed entrance to the superstore site have drawn my attention to the serious road safety issues at the roundabout at this location. That also needs to be addressed, now if possible.”