Edward Davey MP calls on Kingston Council to buy Tolworth Tesco land

Up for grabs? The land in Tolworth

Up for grabs? The land in Tolworth

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Kingston Council should force Tesco to hand over the land on which it hoped to build a supermarket, hotel, and flats, Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey has said.

Mr Davey said the council should use powers under government legislation to compulsorily purchase the land, near Tolworth roundabout, after the supermarket giant withdrew its plans for the third time yesterday.

Tesco bought the site, next to Charrington Bowl, in 2002.

Mr Davey said: “I think the council should think very seriously about compulsory-purchasing the site. I think that is the only solution, unless Tesco would put it on the market.

“It is time Tesco woke up. I think their decision [yesterday] shows they are on the run.

Mr Davey added: “We have been patient, we have waited for them to put these applications in and I’m afraid they haven’t listened to local people.

“We don’t have big pieces of land in many other parts in the borough left.

“We need some houses, we need some schools, we need community services. I’m not convinced we need a new supermarket.”

Tesco said yesterday it had scrapped its plans as they stand, and will now consider its options regarding the land.

Roberto Munoz, Tesco's head of corporate affairs for London, said the company will continue to consult on plans for the site which work "for the community".

The chain declined to comment on Mr Davey's suggestions.

Kingston Council officers had recommended the plans be refused at a development control meeting, now cancelled, which was set for Friday night.

The development would have meant the creation of 250 jobs, of which a third would have gone to people who had been unemployed for more than six months.

 

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1:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Ricademus says...

It;s okay for Mr Davey saying for the council to buy it back from Tesco but who's going to pay for it? Maybe raising our council tax to pay for it.
It;s okay for Mr Davey saying for the council to buy it back from Tesco but who's going to pay for it? Maybe raising our council tax to pay for it. Ricademus
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7:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Highview says...

Maybe Ed could buy it and put it on his parliamentary expenses!
Maybe Ed could buy it and put it on his parliamentary expenses! Highview
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10:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

davehhh1 says...

Agreed and very worried about the crippling council tax increasing if they bought it.
Agreed and very worried about the crippling council tax increasing if they bought it. davehhh1
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7:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

robertbrickwood says...

Brilliant idea Mr Davey. I suggest you now lobby for selling the Rose to raise the funds. This could be a win-win situation, On the one hand no monstrous Tesco and on the other hand the public don't have to financially support a losing white elephant that puts on shows that only appeal to high brow snobs. A new owner for The Rose might give the public what they want and for the avoidance of any doubt what we want it is:

Nude Mud Wrestling - Large breasted females preferred
Carry On Films
Gigs by cutting edge punk and indie bands
Brilliant idea Mr Davey. I suggest you now lobby for selling the Rose to raise the funds. This could be a win-win situation, On the one hand no monstrous Tesco and on the other hand the public don't have to financially support a losing white elephant that puts on shows that only appeal to high brow snobs. A new owner for The Rose might give the public what they want and for the avoidance of any doubt what we want it is: Nude Mud Wrestling - Large breasted females preferred Carry On Films Gigs by cutting edge punk and indie bands robertbrickwood
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8:27pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Beverly RA says...

It could be a good site for permanent gypsy and traveller camp. no pollution from horses and no problem in loss of trade, good thinking Mr Davey
It could be a good site for permanent gypsy and traveller camp. no pollution from horses and no problem in loss of trade, good thinking Mr Davey Beverly RA
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