Is there an end in sight for Tesco and Glenrtohes?

new store: Artists impression how the North Street site would look
new store: Artists impression how the North Street site would look

Members of a long-standing social club have questioned Tesco’s desire to move ahead with plans for a new store within the town centre.

CISWO management committee say they have had no discussions or contact with the food retailer despite Tesco stating they are “ very much committed” to bringing a store to Glenrothes.

Planning permission for the North Street store and car parking facilities was granted by Fife Council in May subject to a number of conditions, which include finding alternative accommodation for the YMCA and CISWO.

An agreed £100,000 compensation was also agreed for the subsequent loss of the CISWO’s bowling green.

But David Nelson, a member of the club’s management committee says they have heard nothing regarding a move from the either Tesco, or Mars Pension Holdings Ltd, the new owners of the Kingdom Shopping centre.

He said: “We are seriously questioning their commitment over this whole decade-long saga.

“We recently spent over £120,000 on refurbishments to the club at the insistence of our members because of what we saw as false commitments from those wanting to redevelop the site, we were not prepared to wait any longer.

“The club would insist on being reimbursed for that money we’ve spent as well as the costs of being relocated to a new site before this project moves forward but we’re still waiting to receive any contact over these issues.”

Gloria Coates, Tesco’s corporate affairs manger told the Gazette after final planning consent was approved last month that it was now up to Mars Pensions to secure a deal with CISWO and provide a vacant site.

“We need the CISWO to be happily relocated before we can take over possession before we can move forward and there is still some work to be done there.”