‘Stick with it’ businesses told as demolition of precinct draws nearer to make way for Tesco store

Bournemouth Echo: QUIETLY CONFIDENT: Ramesh Lal and Adam Jacobs from Kinson Business Forum at the development site QUIETLY CONFIDENT: Ramesh Lal and Adam Jacobs from Kinson Business Forum at the development site

SHORT-term pain for long-term gain.

That’s the message from business leaders in Kinson as work starts on the site of the new Tesco store planned for the area.

The old precinct in Wimborne Road has now been fenced off and initial work has started on site.

Early indications are that it has led to a drop in footfall, with shops saying they are quieter than normal since the Co-op, which was the last remaining shop in the parade, closed in November.

Ramesh Lal, chairman of Kinson Business Forum, said: “Some businesses are affected, some are OK and there’s concern because there’s a noticeable drop in footfall.

“It’s noticeable, but the weather hasn’t helped and we’re only going by one month since the Co-op closed.

“We’re in an uncertain period.

“However, I think from the Kinson Business Forum point of view, we’re quietly confident that once the work starts there will be a confidence coming in and the community will see something going on.

“Things are looking good if we can get through this period.

“Let’s stick with this now because it’s going to be well worth it and it’s going to change the face of the high street.

“As soon as we see the demolition there will be a confidence coming back.

“KBF are also very keen to talk to Tesco directly, which is something that we have still to do.”

Tesco has said that demolition is due to happen from this month onwards.

Building work is expected to begin in May.

It plans to open the store before Christmas, bringing to an end a long-running saga over the site.

Adam Jacobs, who also helps run KBF, added: “The project manager said they will fully commence work on January 20, demolishing the pub, and the rest is going to follow suit, which is great news because people are asking when it’s going to happen.”

For more details on the Kinson Business Forum contact Adam on this email address adjbournemouth@gmail.com

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10:26am Wed 15 Jan 14

oversixty says...

Most residents will I am sure welcome the new development!
Most residents will I am sure welcome the new development! oversixty

3:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

balsey77 says...

Oh I am so excited!!, it is at least 1/2 a mile to the next Tesco and im only happy when im spending my money with a Multi-Million pound corporation...thankf
ully all the local businesses will perish and that awful spirit of free enterprise and community will be no more.

Yours Sincerley

George Osborne
Oh I am so excited!!, it is at least 1/2 a mile to the next Tesco and im only happy when im spending my money with a Multi-Million pound corporation...thankf ully all the local businesses will perish and that awful spirit of free enterprise and community will be no more. Yours Sincerley George Osborne balsey77

3:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

oversixty says...

balsey77 wrote:
Oh I am so excited!!, it is at least 1/2 a mile to the next Tesco and im only happy when im spending my money with a Multi-Million pound corporation...thankf

ully all the local businesses will perish and that awful spirit of free enterprise and community will be no more.

Yours Sincerley

George Osborne
Kinson needs regenerating badly.It has too many furniture shops and hairdressers! Whatever anyone thinks of Tesco I suggest you look at what they did with their development in Ferndown! It looks busy to me!
[quote][p][bold]balsey77[/bold] wrote: Oh I am so excited!!, it is at least 1/2 a mile to the next Tesco and im only happy when im spending my money with a Multi-Million pound corporation...thankf ully all the local businesses will perish and that awful spirit of free enterprise and community will be no more. Yours Sincerley George Osborne[/p][/quote]Kinson needs regenerating badly.It has too many furniture shops and hairdressers! Whatever anyone thinks of Tesco I suggest you look at what they did with their development in Ferndown! It looks busy to me! oversixty

6:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

balsey77 says...

you may have a point but its going to ruin the view out of the window of the betting shop :(
you may have a point but its going to ruin the view out of the window of the betting shop :( balsey77

8:14pm Wed 15 Jan 14

wlh1961 says...

Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too.
Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too. wlh1961

8:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

oversixty says...

wlh1961 wrote:
Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too.
Nothing going for it!
Superb community centre at Pelhams, the historic St Andrews Church and two nature reserves to start with!
[quote][p][bold]wlh1961[/bold] wrote: Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too.[/p][/quote]Nothing going for it! Superb community centre at Pelhams, the historic St Andrews Church and two nature reserves to start with! oversixty

8:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

oversixty says...

wlh1961 wrote:
Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too.
Nothing going for it!
Superb community centre at Pelhams, the historic St Andrews Church and two nature reserves to start with!
[quote][p][bold]wlh1961[/bold] wrote: Kinson needs something.....it has nothing going for it...the library looks good....but the rest of it needs tidying up....a nice coffe shop would be good too.[/p][/quote]Nothing going for it! Superb community centre at Pelhams, the historic St Andrews Church and two nature reserves to start with! oversixty

8:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

wlh1961 says...

I actually meant the town.....shos etc
I actually meant the town.....shos etc wlh1961

8:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

wlh1961 says...

Shops*
Shops* wlh1961

9:23am Thu 16 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

Perhaps someone would like to explain to the 'NOCT-OFF' shop owner just what an idiot he is!!
Perhaps someone would like to explain to the 'NOCT-OFF' shop owner just what an idiot he is!! Gastines3

5:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Just how long has chairman been in kinson.
Just how long has chairman been in kinson. pete woodley

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