Demands for Tesco to clean up site
CONCERNED residents are warning travellers could return to camp in Wraxall, unless a site earmarked for a new supermarket is cleaned up
CONCERNED residents are warning travellers could return to camp in Wraxall, unless a site earmarked for a new supermarket is cleaned up.People living at The Elms say they are becoming increasingly concerned at the untidy state of the piece of land at Lodge Lane which Tesco has earmarked for a new 'express' store.Neighbours fought tooth and nail to block moves by the national retailer to build a small supermarket at The Elms, but lost after Tesco successfully appealed against a council decision to throw out the plans.But months after winning permission, work has yet to start and residents are now becoming concerned the area is becoming an eyesore.And they fear as summer approaches, travellers could once again return to the village if work is not carried out to secure and tidy up the area.A group of more than a dozen caravans parked up in a village play area and park last year, staying for nearly two weeks and leaving a trail of destruction and filth behind them.The Elms Residents Association spokesman Jane Hadler said: "Tesco have permission but no work has started."The land had also become a dumping ground for rubbish and that fencing around the site had been pushed over."It is becoming a real eyesore and is starting to look like Beirut."We have had gypsies try to move onto it, settees dumped there and set alight and the railings and fence panels pushed over."No one wanted the store in the first place, but now we are left with a derelict piece of wasteland. We have asked Tesco when they are going to start work on site, but can't get any answers."Mrs Hadler said residents were also concerned that Tesco was 'landbanking' its plot rather than developing it, in a bid to block other retailers trading there.She added: "We need a timescale of what is going on."Builders are already on site to start on the new nursing home development, but as yet there is no news from Tesco."I am concerned Tesco has bought this land just to sit on it and stop any other developers from using it."No one from Tesco was available for comment.