First set of steel frames go up at site of Fratton Park Tesco

Building work on the Tesco at Fratton Park has started
Building work on the Tesco at Fratton Park has started
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WORK has begun on the controversial Fratton Park Tesco store in Portsmouth.

This picture shows a crane hoisting the first set of steel structures in place.

It comes after the company played down fears it was not going to commit to building the store given its financial problems.

New Tesco boss Dave Lewis revealed last month that the planned 24-hour store was going ahead despite revealing plans to close its head office and 43 unprofitable stores.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles granted planning permission for the 24-hour supermarket in September last year as he believed the scheme did not have ‘wider national impact’.

It followed the decision by the city council’s planning committee to give the plans the green light.

Despite this, local traders gathered around 4,000 signatures against the effect of the store on business and the city’s road network.

The store will go behind the Fratton end at the home of Pompey.

The deal ensures the club will be given a seven-figure sum from Tesco developers Point Estates Ltd towards stadium improvements.