TWO supermarket chains say they still want to open stores in Bourne End.

Residents are wondering why Tesco and Sainsbury’s have not already moved into the village – as plans for both stores were approved more than a year ago.

Both schemes proved controversial, with villagers fearing local businesses will be forced to close.

The proposed Sainsbury’s site at the end of The Parade is owned by property company Comland, and was bulldozed last year for surveys to be carried out.

The Bucks Free Press asked the firm why there has been a delay in building the permitted store, and whether Tesco’s plans had affected the project.

But commercial director Chris Ayres said: "I am sorry but I am afraid we are not in a position to release a public statement in connection with this site at this time."

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: "We are still interested in opening a Sainsbury’s Local at Bourne End and continue to work with the developer to progress these plans.

"With regards to timescales, we are lead by the developer and his programme."

Tesco has permission to open a store at the old police station on The Parade and spokesman Carol Leslie said: "We expect to start work on the site early next year and will announce an opening date after that.

"We look forward to becoming an established and positive part of the local community."