SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has moved to ease residents’ fears over parking restrictions at its Whitchurch store by removing its name from the signs.
The supermarket, in White Lion Meadow, has signs up in the car park informing customers of a three-hour parking restriction, which was previously intended for Tesco users only – despite not having planning permission.
However, Councillor Peggy Mullock – who chairs the Whitchurch and Prees Local Joint Committee – told its latest meeting that Tesco intends to drop the name from the restrictions, meaning anyone in the town can park there for three hours.
Cllr Mullock said: “The letter for the invitation to this meeting didn’t get there in time so we’re in the process of working with Tesco to perhaps hold another meeting.
“Alec Brown from Tesco sent an email saying: ‘Sorry no-one could attend tonight.
“‘But we will change the name of the signs to shoppers instead of Tesco-only customers and will not enforce any changes until plans have permission.
“We don’t want to upset the people of Whitchurch’.”
It was announced at the meeting, held last Wednesday at Whitchurch’s Civic Centre, that the land was bought by Whitchurch Urban District Council in 1958 from Lloyds Bank and was turned into a car park in 1964.
It was also said the ‘car park should remain primarily free for shoppers’ but was leased in 1990 for a period of 125 years.
Tesco had previously said it would not enforce the signs and cameras until permission is granted.
Meanwhile, Deborah Wheeler, from West Mercia Police, told people gathered at the meeting about recent operations concerning speeding traffic and anti-social road users.
She said main reports from residents is anti-social behaviour from vehicle owners in the area.
The week before the meeting saw 385 vehicles reviewed, with five over the speed limit, with drivers given some given words of advice, and one ticket issued.
One vehicle was given notice to be confirmed as road worthy.
She also urged residents to keep reporting incidents as they have to be investigated if statements are made to the police.