Portsmouth residents angry as Tesco fails to keep its fence promise

CONTROVERSIAL The low wall at the side of Tesco and, inset, the fence at the other side

CONTROVERSIAL The low wall at the side of Tesco and, inset, the fence at the other side

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TESCO has come under fire for failing to keep its promise to build a fence.

As previously reported, the company said it would put a six-foot fence around the back of its new shop in Eastney Road, Eastney, so people’s privacy wouldn’t be affected.

Tesco has built the fence on one side of the store but not the other.

Tesco has built the fence on one side of the store but not the other.

While Tesco has put a screen up around the right side of the land, it has yet to do anything on the left part because it needs permission from the landowner Roger Penney.

A meeting is now being arranged between both parties and council officers to sort out the issue – but Eastney and Craneswater ward councillor Cllr Luke Stubbs said he’s disappointed because residents were told it would happen and there weren’t any problems.

‘I am not happy,’ Cllr Stubbs said. ‘Tesco made its agreement over a year ago.

‘I am disappointed because it made its commitment to provide the fence. It’s Tesco’s responsibility to do something to solve the problem.

Tesco express store in Eastney Road.

Tesco express store in Eastney Road.

‘We are in a holding position until we can get hold of the freehold owner.

‘Until then nothing is going to move.’

Houses in Ringwood Road, which backs on to Eastney Road, are only separated by a four-foot brick wall.

Margarita Wensley, 78, of Ringwood Road, said it was like living near ‘a building yard.’

‘It’s terrible,’ she said.

‘When the lorries come, the shop has to move all its trolleys and that’s a noise in itself.

‘We only get three hours of no noise.

‘I am not happy with Tesco.

‘Things should have been sorted beforehand.’

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said there would be problems if Mr Penney decided against it.

‘If the landowner refuses to say yes then there is not a lot we can do,’ he said.

‘If we can persuade the landowner to allow Tesco to provide a fence, that would be great. But people have always been able to walk around the back of there for the last 20 to 30 years.

‘It’s very generous of Tesco to offer to put one up on land it doesn’t own.’

Concerns have already been raised that if Tesco can’t keep to its word, problems could arise if it gets consent to build a supermarket at Fratton Park.

Mr Penney and a Tesco spokesperson were unavailable for comment.

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