Tesco fails to up delivery hours

A SUPERMARKET’S bid to accept deliveries at its new store 24 hours a day has been rejected.

Tesco had applied to South Kesteven District Council to alter a planning condition which restricted its deliveries to its new store in South Road, Bourne.

The supermarket giant is restricted under the planning permission granted in May to its lorries making deliveries between 6am and 11.30am Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 8pm on Sundays.

But the firm’s bid to alter this was rejected by the district council’s development control committee last week because it neighbours would be disturbed.

Builders have started work on constructing the 4,290sqm eco store in South Road, Bourne, which is could be open by the end of February.

The store is due to create more than 100 jobs.

Spokesman Tony Fletcher said: “We are disappointed as the more flexible we can handle deliveries the more we can ensure we are not causing congestion in the morning.

“We will be have to work around it.

“What it does mean is that we are going to have to work hard to get deliveries within the delivery window and put out in time for customers so there are no shortages on the shelves.”

Mr Fletcher said building work on the former Opico site is progressing well.

The opening date has moved forward from the original estimate of spring 2011.

There will be a formal launch event with the details confirmed nearer the time.

It is thought about 140 jobs will be created, with being 35 full-time and 85 part-time.

Speaking about why Tesco chose to build a larger store in Bourne Mr Fletcher said: “For us it is a great opportunity to bring choice to Bourne and we could see there was an opportunity so people did not have to travel away to do their shopping.”

It will cover about 40,000 sq ft and have parking for about 318 cars.

Tesco bought the former Opico site from Anglia Co-operative.

The Co-operative has since moved from Manning Road, Bourne to the Burghley Centre.