Tesco lodge plans for store revamp in Milngavie

RETAIL giants Tesco say proposals to upgrade their current supermarket will not affect plans to create a controversial new megastore in Milngavie.

Some residents had hoped the firm would drop plans for its new, two storey supermarket at Gavin’s Mill, after it applied for planning permission to carry out improvements at its current store.

However, Tesco say the improvements, which include the erection of six new trolley bays, additional parking and a 1.8m fence around a recycling area, are part of a ‘country-wide investment’ and will not impact on the plans for the new store development.

Eve Gilmore, of We Like Milngavie, said: “We are disappointed, but we are not surprised.

“We hope that Tesco will take the community’s views into account in their plans, because people that live and work in Milngavie know what’s best for Milngavie.

“The community and groups that have been involved in this will be keeping a constant watch on what’s going to happen.”

Tesco’s latest plans for its new store caused outrage amongst some residents when they were unveiled last month.

The supermarket giant claimed the plans would create a shop that was ‘right for Milngavie’.

However, residents say the new design, which is only two per cent smaller than the original plan, is still too big.

Gloria Coats, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “The planned improvements to our existing Milngavie store are part of our countrywide investment to upgrade and update our customers’ shopping experience with us.

“We remain committed to delivering a new store at our town centre site and our design team are working up proposals following our public consultation event in June so that we can submit a planning application to East Dunbartonshire Council.

“In the meantime, customers will see some improvements inside and outside of the store, including new signage and the realignment of existing car parking spaces.”

She added: “If customers would like more information on our plans, they can contact the Tesco Community Line on 0845 521 8425 or tesco@communityline.org.”