Tesco must listen to people says Jo Swinson

MP JO SWINSON used a meeting with Tesco management to demand an assurance that they will “reach out and seek the views of the community” over their controversial Milngavie redevelopment plans.

She told Gloria Coats, the multinational’s Scottish corporate affairs manager, that a consultation over its intentions should be “meaningful and fully inclusive.”

The East Dunbartonshire MP, who held her meeting last Thursday, said: “As I explained to Tesco representatives, the Milngavie community is not against Tesco, or a new store, but feel strongly that the scale of the store’s redevelopment remains an issue.

“Tesco must reflect on this point through their consultation process – a failure to do so would mean their potential store continues to overshadow the historic Gavin’s Mill site, conservation area and listed Milngavie railway station building.

“Tesco is making plans for community consultation on the redevelopment and I have encouraged them to carry out a wide variety of public consultation events and reach out to the community, rather than pursuing the same tokenistic style of consultation as last time.

“Whilst Tesco say they will remain ‘open-minded’, the real test will be whether they take on board the community’s views about the store’s size in developing a store that’s right for Milngavie.”

Mrs Coats, said: “We appreciated the opportunity to meet with Ms Swinson again to further discuss Tesco in Milngavie and provide assurances regarding our dedication to thorough consultation with the local community.

“We remain committed to delivering the shopping experience that our customers deserve and will be actively seeking the views of local residents and community groups over the coming months. I would encourage people to contact me directly should they wish to play an active part in this process.”

Mrs Coats can be contacted on 0845 521 8425 or tesco@communityline.org

E-MAIL your views on the Tesco plans to mbherald@jnscotland.co.uk or write to us at 27 Stewart Street, Milngavie.