Tesco opening announced

An opening date for a controversial Tesco Express in Weedon has been revealed.

The new store, which is to be based at the old Globe Hotel on the A5/A45 crossroads, will open on Friday, May 23.

The plans have caused controversy in the village with many worried about traffic congestion and the impact on other local businesses.

The chairman of Weedon Bec Parish Council, Councillor Stuart Jacks, said: “It is nice to have something happening at the site. It has been left for a little while like that so it is definitely progress.

“However, we still have concerns about the traffic congestion and the worries that there could be a very serious accident up there due to the volume of the traffic.

“This will only increase if the plans for 154 extra homes currently proposed for New Croft get given the go-ahead.”

One of his biggest concerns is what could happen to the One Stop Shop in the centre of the village.

Cllr Jacks added: “There are fears around the village about the potential impact on the store.

“The shop is used by a lot of elderly residents. If it was to close, these elderly residents would have to go to the Tesco Express and there is a very sharp incline which 
elderly people will have 
to walk up to get their groceries.

“We are very concerned that the Tesco Express seems to have been built for passing traffic rather than for the benefit of the village.

“At the end of the day, we know this store is going to be built and open and we shall have to see what the long term impact is on the village, but it is fair to say there are still a lot of concerns about the opening of the store.”

The plans were given planning permission in April 2012 by Daventry District Council.

It was initially turned down by the council but, because no formal rejection had been issued, it was redetermined and the authority approved the application. Despite the store causing controversy in Weedon, the supermarket giant believes it can help out the local community.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are really excited about the chance to serve the local community.

“The store will sell a wide range of products including prepared meals, fresh produce and other household essentials and will create around 20 jobs for local people”.