Residents fear over Tesco store plans

NMAC11-1613-2''20-06-2011''County Councillors Joyce Bosjnak, right,  and Parry Tsimbiridis, centre pictured with local residents who are opposed to a new Tesco Express on the site of Ma Hubbards
NMAC11-1613-2''20-06-2011''County Councillors Joyce Bosjnak, right, and Parry Tsimbiridis, centre pictured with local residents who are opposed to a new Tesco Express on the site of Ma Hubbards
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HOUSEHOLDERS have raised concerns over potential plans to build a Tesco convenience store on their doorsteps.

Worried folk living around the Woodhouse Road area on the Mansfield/Mansfield Woodhouse border say a new Tesco One Shop could be built on the site of the dilapidated former Ma Hubbards Restaurant.

Their fears were brought to light after Jagdish Kaur, owner of Woodhouse News, obtained information from Nottingham-based chartered surveyors Trafford Oliver which reveals the store would be part of a retail development boasting two further units and 11 new homes.

Jagdish believes her family business could be ruined if the new store is given the green light.

“I have been working here for 22 years and have not even had a holiday in this time but if they build a new Tesco convenience store it will kill my business,” she said.

“The people who use my shop are like a family to me but if they build a new Tesco store what chance do I have?

“Why do we need another Tesco when there is one on Chesterfield Road South, how will I support my family.

“The traffic is already bad enough on the main road and if they build a new store it will only get worse.”

Coun Joyce Bosnjak has met several times with residents to discuss their fears and says any development would have a detrimental impact on the area.

“I am concerned about the suitability of the junction (between Birding Street and Woodhouse Road) and how it will deal with increasing traffic on what is already a busy road,” said Coun Bosnjak.

“It will also create additional noise and litter problems for the community.”

Jill Lyons, of Woodhouse Road, has already had problems with rubbish from nearby takeaway shops being thrown in her garden and says a new Tesco would be damaging for the neighbourhood.

“I already have a big problem with people chucking empty pizza boxes and takeaway remains into my property,” she said.

“If they build a Tesco Express this problem will get a lot of worse and it could be open until two or three in the morning. “

Glennis Greaves, of Orchard Street, says many smaller shops have closed to make way for larger supermarkets.

“She (Jagdish) has worked there for a very long time and has done a very good job for the community,” she said.

“If they are going to build a Tesco, it will kill her business stone dead, we already have enough small shops closing.”

Mansfield District Council has confirmed that no planning application has been received for a retail development but an unknown developer has carried out consultations in the area.

An application for houses on the former Ma Hubbards site was given permission by Mansfield District Council in June 2008 but this application expires on Saturday.

Charles Trafford, of Trafford Oliver, said that no deal has been struck with Tesco.

Several attempts to contact Tesco for a comment were made before going to press.