Answers sought over Tesco plans

Impression: An artist's impression on what the Tesco could look like

Impression: An artist's impression on what the Tesco could look like

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Supermarket bosses say they are still looking to bring a store to Penwortham – despite there being no update since they bough the land 10 months ago.

It comes as councillors raised questions over the future of the former DWP site in Cop Lane and questioned if Tesco intended on doing anything with it.

Councillors say they have asked what Tesco’s intentions are and what action is being taken to ensure the ‘shabbily boarded site’ doesn’t deteriorate further.

Councillor Harry Hancock said: “Nothing has come forward from them at all and nothing has gone into South Ribble in terms of planning as far as we know.

“We are still up in the air about it, we are getting people asking us what’s going on but nothing is forthcoming.”

He added: “The longer is remains as it is the worse it is going to get.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We would love to improve our offer for customers and the community in Penwortham with a store. “We keep our plans under review to ensure what we bring forward is the best offer for customers and will be sure to update the community with any developments.”

The former Department for Work and Pensions site was sold to Tesco last year. In 2012 plans were passed for Sainsbury’s to develop the building. The plans were later dropped.