Sleaford Town Council ‘awaits with interest’ what alternatives will replace plans for a new Tesco store

Mayor of Sleaford, Coun Keith Dolby. EMN-150901-132147001
Mayor of Sleaford, Coun Keith Dolby. EMN-150901-132147001

Sleaford Town Council says it is yet to hear what impact Tesco’s decision not to build a new store in Sleaford will have on plans to build a link road across its recreation ground on Boston Road.

Town council chairman, Coun Keith Dolby said they have only been informed by the media that cash-strapped Tesco will now not go ahead with their proposed superstore on the Advanta Seeds site. This also throws into doubt regeneration plans for the town, including redevelopment of the Bass Maltings, adding up to £100million in investment and 1,000 jobs.

“As yet we have had no information from North Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council or Tesco regarding this,” he told The Standard.

“It is obvious that the Advanta Seeds site will still be developed and we await with interest the alternative proposals.”

He said teh Town Council never had anything against Tesco wanting to develop in the town, it was purely the associated package of the size of the link road, destruction of over 50 trees and closure of Southgate level crossing which was a deal breaker, to which they have objected since 2009.

Coun Dolby went on: “Sleaford Town Council has always made it clear that it would support any plans that would be of benefit to what is a fast expanding market town but are unable to make detailed comments until we know what alternative proposals are made for the site.

“We will stand ready to support any proposals that will bring progress and look forward to playing a positive role in plans that will be of benefit to Sleaford.”

The Sleaford Town Team has also reacted to the news.

You can read North Kesteven District Council’s reaction to the news here.