Parking an issue as Tesco get go-ahead

Gloria Coats, Tesco.
Gloria Coats, Tesco.

A MAJOR hurdle in the redevelopment of the town centre has been overcome with the granting of planning permission to build a new Tesco.

Councillors approved the application to build the new store at last week’s central area planning committee, effectively giving the green light to a major regeneration of the town centre.

The new store will bring an estimated 400 jobs to the town as well as attracting more people into the centre.

Councillor Andrew Roger said: “We should encourage this as this means jobs for Glenrothes.”

However there was concern raised over the parking barriers Tesco would be in control of.

The supermarket giant has told Fife Council that it is essential to its application and would consider walking away from the proposals if councillors did notapprove them.

The application was approved with the condition a clause concerning the car park barrier issue which would need to be negotiated separately.

Councillor Peter Grant (Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch) highlighted that Tesco was looking to gain control over 760 car parking spaces while its requirement was 260, giving them an unfair percentage of parking.

“The town centre currently has free parking for three hours,” he said.

“Once Tesco has built its store, it will have 760 parking spaces under its control … it does not add up.”

Councillor Neil Crooks said: “We need to accept that there are sometimes prices to pay in which to get people investing in your town.

“Tesco has chosen Glenrothesto invest in and this represents a fantastic opportunity for the town.”