Cumbernauld jobs promised as Tesco plans finally handed in

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More than a year’s wait is over after a controversial planning application for a third Cumbernauld Tesco was finally submitted.

The chain has now handed in its application for a Tesco Express which will partially occupy the site of Condorrat Social Club.

And it’s promised North Lanarkshire Council that the ‘7 to 11’’ mini-supermarket will bring 20 new jobs.

Locals have now received leaflets of notification from the supermarket giant which includes contact details for Richard Holligan, the Tesco Corporate Affairs manager.

Mr Holligan has expressed a willingness to discuss any concerns that local have about the plan.

Meanwhile a Tesco spokesman confirmed: “We’re pleased to have submitted a planning application and look forward to it being considered by the council.

“A Tesco Express would benefit Condorrat by bringing new jobs, investment and shopping choice to the village,’’ he added.

That view is not shared by Condorrat Community Council. Members argue that it could sound the death knell for existing Main Street businesses and spark further traffic chaos.’’

CCC chairperson Stacey Egan said: “We will continue to explore every avenue open to us to make the objections of the community heard.’’

Councillor Paddy Hogg who too has misgivings about the plan has also picked up on an unfortunate error on the letter which has been circulated to so many local homes.

He said: “This is a highly controversial proposal and the letter states that the application is to be submitted to South Lanarkshire Council. Not a good start!’’

The local application is bucking the trend for Tesco as it has withdrawn plans to open eight new superstores in Scotland.

This stems from its recent financial difficulties.