MP Jo Swinson demands answers from Tesco bosses

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MP JO SWINSON has pressed Tesco bosses to provide more details of their plans for Milngavie.

The superstore wants to revamp its Gavin’s Mill operation and expand the size of its existing store - a move which has been bitterly resisted by those who claim it will impact badly on the town centre.

Ms Swinson met with Gloria Coats, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, and pressed her on what products an expanded store would sell, the height of the building, the lack of a ‘community champion’ and plans for an exhibition and public meeting this summer.

The MP said: “Given how wrong Tesco got it last time local people do not want Tesco to rush through a barely amended plan for a monster store.

“At least Tesco seem to be engaging with a range of local groups and taking their time.

“However we still don’t have a store community champion, and I have asked Tesco to come back to me with specific figures on the scale and footprint of the proposed new building, which remains a key concern.

“Tesco has not budged on store capacity, the potential impact of a 50/50 split of food and non-food items on businesses in the town centre and still refuses to provide a scale model to help people visualise the plan.”

Ms Coats said: “We have undertaken extensive work on our design, materials and landscaping to ensure that our proposals are in keeping with the architectural style found in Milngavie.

“We have also reduced the scale of the building, and the building’s footprint, by almost 200 square meters at ground level and over 400 square meters at Woodburn Way level – increasing the distance between the store and Gavin’s Mill, providing further opportunities for public space.

“Our meeting with Ms Swinson allowed us to reinforce our commitment to developing a new store in Milngavie and providing a new supermarket that will keep people shopping in the town centre.

“We are continuing to engage with the community and look forward to holding a public exhibition to display our new plans in the near future.”