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Tesco to fence off Kinson store site over concerns about flytipping
TESCO has pledged to fence off the site of its new Kinson store after concerns that it is becoming a magnet for fly-tippers.
The existing precinct in Wimborne Road is due for demolition to make way for a new Tesco, to be built next year.
But Kinson North councillor Dennis Gritt says the site is already being blighted by fly-tipping and the problem could get worse.
The remaining shops in the arcade have been told to leave by November 1, the Daily Echo understands.
Cllr Gritt said he was concerned about the fact that the buildings will be standing empty for months.
“They’ve said they don’t intend to start until March because they have to do the roads and so on,” he said.
“My concern is the place is looking like a bombsite with everybody moving out.
“It’s got really bad and we’re contacting our council departments daily to get fly-tipping removed.
“It’s really dirty and it’s getting worse because people aren’t using it.”
He called for the site to be tidied and boarded up until demolition work began.
But he stressed he supported the arrival of the store.
“I can’t wait to see it done but I think they really ought to tidy the place up and make it secure to prevent any problems.”
Tesco signed the final legal agreements for the development more than a year ago but could not start work until the shopping parade was empty.
A Tesco spokesman said: “‘We’ll be erecting fencing around the site shortly and we will do our best to keep the site as tidy as possible.”
• Shuttle bus service turned down
Kinson North councillor Dennis Gritt has also called for Tesco to provide a shuttle bus to other stores once the area’s Co-Op closes.
The Co-Op convenience store is to shut before work on the new Tesco gets under way.
Cllr Gritt said: “I suggested they run a shuttle service for existing customers of the Co-Op to Tesco in Ferndown.
“Not every one of the residents of Kinson have transport and they depend on walking into Kinson village to get their supplies.”
But a Tesco spokesman said it would not be possible to provide a shuttle bus.
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