Skip to main content

Swan Development Restarts

Tesco are saying the following:
TESCO GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR YARDLEY SWAN CENTRE

Tesco is preparing to restart activity at Yardley after being given the green light from the Secretary of State on a CPO inquiry that has held up the scheme.

Following the decision Tesco is now in a position to complete the necessary land assembly of the site and to prepare for construction work on the scheme, which includes an 80,000sq ft Tesco Extra store, creating around 500 full and part time jobs.

The next stage in the process will be include tendering for a main contractor to be appointed for the construction phase.

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “Now that the period of appeal is over, we can concentrate on completing the remaining land acquisition required for the scheme and move forward with bringing the new store and retail offering to fruition.

“We are aware that the hold-up has caused much frustration to local residents so we are delighted to be able to restart the programme in order to begin construction as soon as possible.”

The multi million pound development will bring a total of 150,000 sq ft of retail space to Yardley, including a precinct of new shops.

The new scheme will also see improvements to the road layout around the Swan Centre, as well as providing car parking space for local residents - and 700 spaces for shoppers. Extra security will also be provided with a car park management team and the installation of CCTV cameras.

Project officials hope that construction of the new store can begin later this summer.


John Hemming said, "I am pleased that we will now restart the
development. The people of Yardley have been waiting almost a decade for
this project. We supported Tesco against Sainsbury because they didn't
encroach on Oakland Park and offered a substantial multi million pound dowry for
the local park as well as regenerating The Swan Shopping Centre."

"The people of Bakeman House particularly have had to spend too much time
living in a partial development and I am sure they particulary will join
Dave Willis, Daphne Gaved, Dave Osborne, Jim Whorwood and myself in
welcoming the next steps of this project."

"Yardley does need more jobs and this will provide many jobs both during
the development and when the centre opens in 2011."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Statement re false allegations from Esther Baker

Statement by John Hemming
I am pleased that the Police have now made it clear that there has been a concerted effort to promote false criminal allegations against me and that the allegations had no substance whatsoever.
I would like to thank Emily Cox, my children, Ayaz Iqbal (my Solicitor), my local lib dem team and many others who supported me through this dreadful experience. There are many worse things that happen to people, but this was a really bad experience.
It is bad enough to have false allegations made about yourself to the police, but to have a concerted campaign involving your political opponents and many others in public creates an environment in which it is reasonable to be concerned about ill founded vigilante attacks on your family and yourself. Luckily there was a more substantial lobby to the contrary as well, which included many people who were themselves real survivors of abuse, which has helped.
I am normally someone who helps other people fight injustice. …

Homelessness vs Selling Books

Candidates in elections tend to find themselves very busy with lots of things to do.  It is, therefore, necessary to prioritise things to ensure that the important things are dealt with.

To me the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping is an important issue.  Therefore, when Birmingham's Faith Leaders group contacted me to ask me what I would propose and whether I would work with them to make things better I was pleased to respond with my views and indicate that I would work with them after the election.

The Faith Leaders Group (Bishops and other religious leaders in Birmingham) have now sent out their report.

Sadly, according to their report,  I was the only candidate for Yardley to respond.  The group in their report said:

"Particularly disappointing was the lack of response from some of those candidates seeking re-election as MP for their respective constituencies."
It is worth looking at the priorities of my opponent.
Interestingly today she has decided to be at th…

Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.


I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…