Battle lines are drawn against Tesco store plan

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Opponents of a major supermarket development in the heart of Scarborough are still hoping to challenge a crucial road closure to halt it.

Last week it was revealed that Tesco was still on track with progress on a planned giant superstore on a site off Dean Road after planning permission was granted last December.

However Malcolm Short, the chairman of the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store pressure group said that any planned closure of Trafalgar Street West, which divides the proposed site, would need further public consultation.

He added: “Tesco have to apply to The Department for Transport and once they do this, there will be another public consultation before any decision on the road closure is made.

“If Tesco do not get permission to close the road, the reality is that the new store will not get built.

“Our group is already working on opposing this closure, and once the application is made we will up our game and make people aware of how to object, and help them with this process.”

He said that, according to Scarborough Council reports, the road closure application could take around seven months to be completed – delaying the sale of the council depot site which could in turn, delay the funding of a proposed replacement depot off Seamer Road.

STATS organised a 5,000-signature petition, over concerns that the plan would impact on town centre trade, which was handed in to 10 Downing Street.

Speaking last week a Tesco spokeswoman said the company was still committed to the development and that an application for the road closure was due to be submitted.

The news came in the wake of recent reports which suggested that the company was opting for smaller stores – with future growth in online and convenience stores.

Since permission was granted Tesco bosses have been locked in talks to iron out final details.