MP Barclay wants answers over Chatteris supermarket delay

The mothballed Tesco at Chatteris.

The mothballed Tesco at Chatteris. - Credit: Archant

An MP wants to know when Chatteris is likely to get a new supermarket.

North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay has written to Fenland District Council’s chief executive Paul Medd to ask for an update on the empty Tesco store.

Mr Barclay has also written to Tesco’s chief executive asking what progress has been made to find a new tenant for the premises.

Mr Barclay said: “I am very concerned about the delay in resolving the site’s future given the importance of convenience and local jobs.

“Moreover the present situation is causing very serious disquiet within our local community, not least as the decision to build Tesco accelerated the closure of the existing Co-Op supermarket.”

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In his written response Mr Medd expressed concern at the lack of supermarket facilities in Chatteris and said the council retains an open dialogue with Tesco, particularly on the issue of finding an alternative suitable retailer for the newly built premises.

Mr Medd also pointed out: “As you might be aware, Aldi are seeking to open a supermarket in the former Co-Op building. Discussions are ongoing between Aldi and FDC’s planning team.

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“Whilst no official opening date for this store has been announced, it is the council’s understanding that Aldi are working to an opening timescale of towards the end of this year/early 2016.”

In the meantime progress is being made between Tesco and both Whittlesey and Chatteris Town Councils, to establish a suitable grants allocation process in relation to the £20k community fund, which was secured by FDC.

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