Tesco to finally open in Gerrards Cross after 14 year controversy

Tesco to open after 14 year controversy

When the tunnel collapsed in 2005

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THE controversial Tesco supermarket in Gerrards Cross is finally set to open this month – 14 years after the food giant announced its plans for the store.

Bosses have announced that more than 1,500 people have applied for the 200 new posts at the store.

The store worked alongside High Wycombe Job Centre in the recruitment process and said it has offered positions to a number of long-term unemployed people.

Store Manager Lizzie Field said: “We are really pleased to support our local community at a time when so many people are looking for jobs, and there is so much competition between applicants.

“The quality of applicants was fantastic and my new team and I are already enjoying working together.”

Sixty per cent of the new roles are part-time, with 20 per cent full-time and 20 per cent on flexible contracts.

Bosses will hope the opening on November 29 will mark the end of a rocky history for the store.

Tesco initially announced plans for the store in 1996 but a planning application was rejected by South Bucks District Council amid widespread opposition.

But the decision was overturned by then deputy prime minister John Prescott, following the recommendation of an independent planning inspector after a public enquiry.

Work on the site began in 2003, but in 2005 the project hit national headlines when the building work caused the railway tunnel over Packhorse Road to collapse, narrowly missing a train travelling to London (see link below).

Campaigners hoped the disaster would lead to the project being scrapped, but in 2007 Tesco decided to rebuild the store. Different contractors were used to lay the foundations over the railway line.

In recent months some have complained about dust coming from the site, as well as traffic delays while roadworks were carried out.

Graham Hoenes, 68, of Bullstrode Way, has been against the project from the start, saying the store is too big for the village.

The retired programme manager said: "It's been very very frustrating. I won't be using the store and a lot of people in Gerrards Cross feel the same way.

"I think the traffic situation is going to be horrendous."

Meanwhile, Gerrards Cross Parish Council believes Packhorse Road has been damaged by the work and is attempting to persuade Tesco to donate funds towards repairs.

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11:45am Tue 9 Nov 10

iworld says...

Whatever Tesco wants....it gets!

Tesco shows its power to the local councils and they eventually give in

Eden in High Wycombe was delayed because of Tesco - it looks strange to have a modern building with a 1970's relic.

Eden should have been built in the mid 1990 instead we had to wait till 2008!

Well done Tesco! Britains biggest supermarket is the biggest supermarket bully!
Whatever Tesco wants....it gets! Tesco shows its power to the local councils and they eventually give in Eden in High Wycombe was delayed because of Tesco - it looks strange to have a modern building with a 1970's relic. Eden should have been built in the mid 1990 instead we had to wait till 2008! Well done Tesco! Britains biggest supermarket is the biggest supermarket bully! iworld
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12:45pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Hit me says...

Its no different to anyone else applying for planning and then appealing against its rejection to the highest available level - you cant blame Tescos for that - its not bullying. Luckily for them they can afford the people to handle the whole process.

If Tescos didnt thing there was the demand for a store there - they would not have tried so hard to build it, so all the people who are saying its not needed should come forward with their research that shows that (And a straw pole of your mates down the pub doesnt count)

In terms of Eden, I believe you are wrong. It took the council years and years to get anything done. Tesco wanted to be involved, and when they came along with plans that included demolishing their old store and integrating it into Eden they were told by the council to shove it, so you cant really blame them......

I am not saying they are whiter than white, but I dont think they have done anything wrong here....
Its no different to anyone else applying for planning and then appealing against its rejection to the highest available level - you cant blame Tescos for that - its not bullying. Luckily for them they can afford the people to handle the whole process. If Tescos didnt thing there was the demand for a store there - they would not have tried so hard to build it, so all the people who are saying its not needed should come forward with their research that shows that (And a straw pole of your mates down the pub doesnt count) In terms of Eden, I believe you are wrong. It took the council years and years to get anything done. Tesco wanted to be involved, and when they came along with plans that included demolishing their old store and integrating it into Eden they were told by the council to shove it, so you cant really blame them...... I am not saying they are whiter than white, but I dont think they have done anything wrong here.... Hit me
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1:32pm Tue 9 Nov 10

erm says...

I shall be shopping there when I need to buy a pie, glad to see it opening.
I shall be shopping there when I need to buy a pie, glad to see it opening. erm
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2:10pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Mutley says...

I guess most of the objectors will have started to use the store regularly within 6 months once they realise how much more convenient it is. As for "too big for the village", I'm sure it will serve surrounding villages as well who will be pleased not to have to drive to Amersham or Loudwater. Would they have objected so much had it been Waitrose, M&S or even Sainsburys?
(sw=fill-shop haha)
I guess most of the objectors will have started to use the store regularly within 6 months once they realise how much more convenient it is. As for "too big for the village", I'm sure it will serve surrounding villages as well who will be pleased not to have to drive to Amersham or Loudwater. Would they have objected so much had it been Waitrose, M&S or even Sainsburys? (sw=fill-shop haha) Mutley
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4:29pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Plus ça change... says...

Well done for persistence.

Some people can't abide success.

Just drop my pie off at my door.
Well done for persistence. Some people can't abide success. Just drop my pie off at my door. Plus ça change...
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4:47pm Tue 9 Nov 10

thethe says...

Mutley you are missing the point. Waitrose and M&S SImply Food are food retailers. Tesco sell pretty much everything and compete with the majority of shops along Packhorse Rd and the side streets. So GX will become another clone town - Tesco, some restaurant chains, estate agents and mobile phone shops.

With Tesco in Slough (the largest in Europe), Amersham and Loudwater. Sainsbury's in Beaconsfield and Uxbridge. Waitrose in Beaconsfield, Budgens in CSP and Fishers and M&S in GX why the need for yet another food (and other things) store?

People will shop there of course - Tesco will make it attractive to do so and the poor hard up people of GX (who can't spare 50p to park properly) will forget they ever objected
Mutley you are missing the point. Waitrose and M&S SImply Food are food retailers. Tesco sell pretty much everything and compete with the majority of shops along Packhorse Rd and the side streets. So GX will become another clone town - Tesco, some restaurant chains, estate agents and mobile phone shops. With Tesco in Slough (the largest in Europe), Amersham and Loudwater. Sainsbury's in Beaconsfield and Uxbridge. Waitrose in Beaconsfield, Budgens in CSP and Fishers and M&S in GX why the need for yet another food (and other things) store? People will shop there of course - Tesco will make it attractive to do so and the poor hard up people of GX (who can't spare 50p to park properly) will forget they ever objected thethe
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4:58pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Hit me says...

" the poor hard up people of GX" ... didnt think there were any?!?
" the poor hard up people of GX" ... didnt think there were any?!? Hit me
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5:15pm Tue 9 Nov 10

roger_totteridge says...

Good stuff! It's alright for other places to have a Tesco and for the stuck up residents of Gerrards Cross to encroach on other towns and villages to do their shopping.

And you just know all those who have complained about it will be sneaking in to do their shopping.
Good stuff! It's alright for other places to have a Tesco and for the stuck up residents of Gerrards Cross to encroach on other towns and villages to do their shopping. And you just know all those who have complained about it will be sneaking in to do their shopping. roger_totteridge
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6:31pm Tue 9 Nov 10

deecee01 says...

Bring it on Tesco, the more the merrier, only wish there was one in my vicinity. Tesco = Clubcard Deals, fab!

GX moaners, use Ocado online shopping.
Bring it on Tesco, the more the merrier, only wish there was one in my vicinity. Tesco = Clubcard Deals, fab! GX moaners, use Ocado online shopping. deecee01
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6:48pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Steve Totteridge Hill says...

Everylittle helps!
Everylittle helps! Steve Totteridge Hill
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7:07pm Tue 9 Nov 10

erm says...

Plus ça change... wrote:
Well done for persistence. Some people can't abide success. Just drop my pie off at my door.
steak and wild mushroom or chicken?
[quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: Well done for persistence. Some people can't abide success. Just drop my pie off at my door.[/p][/quote]steak and wild mushroom or chicken? erm
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7:46pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Plus ça change... says...

erm wrote:
Plus ça change... wrote: Well done for persistence. Some people can't abide success. Just drop my pie off at my door.
steak and wild mushroom or chicken?
Yes!
[quote][p][bold]erm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: Well done for persistence. Some people can't abide success. Just drop my pie off at my door.[/p][/quote]steak and wild mushroom or chicken?[/p][/quote]Yes! Plus ça change...
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9:14pm Tue 9 Nov 10

Milford12 says...

ONE CANNOT STOP PROGRESS CAN ONE! GOOD LUCK TO THOSE UNEMPS OFFERED JOBS! HORRAY HORAH
ONE CANNOT STOP PROGRESS CAN ONE! GOOD LUCK TO THOSE UNEMPS OFFERED JOBS! HORRAY HORAH Milford12
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10:26pm Tue 9 Nov 10

true blue says...

thethe, Tesco in Slough is not the largest in Europe the one in Sandhurst is !!! Well done to Tesco lets hope they suceed in Gerrards Cross.
thethe, Tesco in Slough is not the largest in Europe the one in Sandhurst is !!! Well done to Tesco lets hope they suceed in Gerrards Cross. true blue
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4:53pm Wed 10 Nov 10

demoness says...

Horrible shop , horrible food...

Bullies the lot of them.

I hate Tescos with their patronising "every little helps".
Yeah right - you are just about to decimate Gerrards Cross and all the independent retailers.

Well my conscience is clear - we have a Budgens and tesco express in Wendover.
I NEVER use Tesco's express - always Budgens.
Nasty cheap shop with questionable ethics that appeals to the masses.

Poor GX - lets hope they vote with their feet.
Horrible shop , horrible food... Bullies the lot of them. I hate Tescos with their patronising "every little helps". Yeah right - you are just about to decimate Gerrards Cross and all the independent retailers. Well my conscience is clear - we have a Budgens and tesco express in Wendover. I NEVER use Tesco's express - always Budgens. Nasty cheap shop with questionable ethics that appeals to the masses. Poor GX - lets hope they vote with their feet. demoness
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8:19am Thu 11 Nov 10

deecee01 says...

demoness wrote:
Horrible shop , horrible food...

Bullies the lot of them.

I hate Tescos with their patronising "every little helps".
Yeah right - you are just about to decimate Gerrards Cross and all the independent retailers.

Well my conscience is clear - we have a Budgens and tesco express in Wendover.
I NEVER use Tesco's express - always Budgens.
Nasty cheap shop with questionable ethics that appeals to the masses.

Poor GX - lets hope they vote with their feet.
Not quite sure about the horrible food quote, the food Tesco sells is also sold in Waitrose, Sains, Budgens, M&S etc.
I use Tesco for my main food shop, for many reasons, but if I am passing through Wendover I use Budgens, if in Beaconsfield, I use Waitrose, I also buy eggs from a local farm shop, and some fresh veg from a man who sells from outside his home, so I think that I spread my shopping habits around quite fairly. I don't believe I eat horrible food ;)
[quote][p][bold]demoness[/bold] wrote: Horrible shop , horrible food... Bullies the lot of them. I hate Tescos with their patronising "every little helps". Yeah right - you are just about to decimate Gerrards Cross and all the independent retailers. Well my conscience is clear - we have a Budgens and tesco express in Wendover. I NEVER use Tesco's express - always Budgens. Nasty cheap shop with questionable ethics that appeals to the masses. Poor GX - lets hope they vote with their feet.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure about the horrible food quote, the food Tesco sells is also sold in Waitrose, Sains, Budgens, M&S etc. I use Tesco for my main food shop, for many reasons, but if I am passing through Wendover I use Budgens, if in Beaconsfield, I use Waitrose, I also buy eggs from a local farm shop, and some fresh veg from a man who sells from outside his home, so I think that I spread my shopping habits around quite fairly. I don't believe I eat horrible food ;) deecee01
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11:32am Thu 11 Nov 10

demoness says...

Sorry Deecee -I just don't trust Tescos - I was brought up in an era when Tescos did have the reputation for cheap and tackyness.

For me, they have never lost that..:(
Sorry Deecee -I just don't trust Tescos - I was brought up in an era when Tescos did have the reputation for cheap and tackyness. For me, they have never lost that..:( demoness
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