Thursday, February 21, 2008

Public inquiry call over Tesco fuel plans

11:13, Feb 21 2008 From Galloway News


TESCO have demanded a full public inquiry into their plans for a petrol station in Castle Douglas.

The ‘News’ reported in January that councillors had turned down the plans but the decision had been taken out of their hands as the supermarket giants had already appealed to the Scottish Government.

They lodged the appeal because their application hadn’t been determined within two months.

The matter was passed to the Inquiry Reporter’s Unit in Edinburgh and Tesco are now pushing for a full inquiry.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have requested a full public enquiry because we feel the process is open and transparent and will allow everyone involved in the process to air their view.”

Galloway and Upper Nithsdale MSP Alex Fergusson, who opposed the application for a petrol station when it was included in the original store plans in 2005, admitted he wasn’t surprised to hear about Tesco’s plans and said he was prepared to fight against it.

He told the ‘News’: “If there is to be a public inquiry then so be it. I feel the case against it applies as strongly now as it did three years ago - nothing has changed.

“I feel the case against it can be put forward at a public inquiry and I am perfectly prepared to do so.”

Castle Douglas and Glenkens councillor Peter Duncan, meanwhile, was slightly taken back to hear of Tesco’s latest move.

He said: “While I’m looking to everyone gets the opportunity to make their case, but I am slightly surprised Tesco have felt the need to ask for a full enquiry.

“I would have thought a hearing would have been sufficient.”


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