Yesco becomes a maybe for Tesco

Pictures from the Grim Retailer signalling the death of the high street. GE
Pictures from the Grim Retailer signalling the death of the high street. GE

A QUESTION mark hangs over controversial plans to build a Tesco supermarket in Newport Pagnell, the Citizen can reveal.

The company admitted this week it has scrapped plans to start building this year and will review the entire project in the autumn.

The sudden U-turn follows a two-year battle to get planning permission for the former Aston Martin site in Tickford Street.

The application prompted hundreds of residents to join huge protests, saying the supermarket giant would kill High Street trade. They even held a mock ‘funeral’ procession, complete with a Grim Reaper and ghouls pushing shopping trolley full of Tesco bags.

Other residents welcomed the supermarket, saying the town needed the competition.

Last year Tesno finally became Yesco when the council gave the planning application the green light. Work would start at Christmas, the company promised.

But the site remained untouched and this week a Tesco spokesman confirmed no work would start this year because the project was “under review”.

The company launched a nationwide review of all its projects earlier this year after discovering its profits had dropped because more people were shopping at rival supermarkets.

“The Newport Pagnell Tesco has been put on the provisional list to be started next year,” said the spokesman.

He said the final decision about whether to go ahead in 2013 would be made in October or November this year.