• UPDATE: Tesco plans on hold

    Tesco has been forced to go away and think again about plans to convert the Cumberland Service Station into a supermarket. The owner of the site has withdrawn the plans over concerns about delivery vehicles stopping on Eastney Road close to the busy junction with Henderson Road.

    Over the last few weeks I have been visiting residents around the Eastney Road area to discuss the original proposals. The feedback that I haveĀ receivedĀ is that many do not oppose the principle of the site being turned into a supermarket but local residents biggest concerns were with traffic and parking. Tesco was proposing that no delivery ‘yard’ would be provided and that HGVs would simply stop on Eastney Road to make deliveries. Even outside of ‘rush hour’ traffic frequently backs up from the traffic lights at the nearby junction meaning that this would make the road completely impassible from the North.

    Also, many residents raised concerns about the lack of adequate parking. Only 10 customer spaces were proposed and many local people highlighted the already difficult parking situation at other local supermarkets such as the Co-op on Highland Road. Neighbours feared that this may have a knock-on effect on parking in local roads and may even tempt people to stop on the double-yellow lines on Eastney Road.

    Should Tesco come back with amended proposals for the site I will, of course, submit these comments along with all of the feedback I have received to Portsmouth City Council to ensure that we get a responsible development which respects the local area.