Concerns over Tesco bid site

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COLLINGHAM parish council have spoken of their concerns over the lack of information on the developments of the Old Star site in Collingham.

Tesco, who are yet to submit any formal planning application to Leeds City Council, have shown interest in turning the former Old Star pub into a Metro-style store in the heart of the village, as revealed by the Wetherby News in February.

The derelict site, which many believe is an eyesore to the affluent village, has not been occupied since May 2010.

At their monthly meeting last week, the parish council revealed their dismay at the lack of update from Tesco or site owner, Lady Hastings Trust, which is currently on the market To Let.

Collingham Parish Clerk Glyn Robins said: “We have had concerns about the lack of information on this site, nobody seems to know what is going on and we have heard nothing from either Lady Hastings Trust or Tesco since April. No public consultation has taken place or outlines plans been shown to us. It is still an eyesore for the village and people want more transparency on the situation.”

Worries over security at the site and litter have also angered the council, who say they are ‘appalled’ at the maintenance of the site whilst it has been unoccupied: “The council is appalled that the land owner, Lady Hastings Trust, and the tenant, Enterprise Inns, have done nothing to maintain or upkeep the property or the site. For 18 months the Parish Council has been maintaining the grassed areas and removing litter. Vandalism and thefts have and do occur. The Parish Council will again contact the land owner and tenant to remind them of their obligations to maintain this building in keeping with its Conservation area status.

When contacted by the Wetherby News a spokesperson for Lady Hastings Trust declined to comment on the current Tesco plans or the concerns over maintenance of the Old Star site.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “It is no secret that if we can obtain the lease for this site, we see a Tesco site here, however negotiations are still taking place on the matter. No deal has yet been finalised and no timescale has been given as to when that will be.”

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk