Tesco must work with the people on its new store

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TESCO will be made to work with the people of Milngavie if it wants to redevelop its town store.

Community groups are in discussion with East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) officials over how they would like the multi-national to conduct consultations about the look, dimensions and impact of any rebuilt supermarket.

Tesco was stung when it lost its battle to build a monster new store on its current site at Gavin’s Mill.

It wanted a huge two-story shop and car park - but people power prevailed and the plans were killed off by the Scottish Government, who agreed with community groups, politicians and traders that the scale of the plans would be detrimental to Milngavie.

It has now submitted a notification that it will re-submit a new planning application to redevelop the store - and by law it has now entered a 12-week period where it must consult with the community over its new proposals.

Eve Gilmore, of activist group We Like Milngavie (WLM), which was set up to fight the monster expansion plans, said: “We are pleased that under new legislation, they have to consult and we are hopeful that this will be a constructive and meaningful proccess. We are all in this together.”

WLM are one of a number of groups, including Milngavie Community Council and traders’ organisations that are discussing with EDC, who will let Tesco know how they think consultation should take place.

Tesco are also talking directly to community groups.

A spokeswoman said: “We have a list of consultees and key stake-holders we will speak to and will be formulating our plans throughout this process.

“At some point in the process we will be in a position where we will be able to hold a community exhibition to outline our plans.”