Tesco ‘has no choice’ over night works at new Fareham store

DEVELOPMENT Council leader Sean Woodward and project manager Dave Merrills at the Tesco site.      Picture: Steve Reid (112083-482)
DEVELOPMENT Council leader Sean Woodward and project manager Dave Merrills at the Tesco site. Picture: Steve Reid (112083-482)
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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco says it has no choice but to work through the night to build a new store in Fareham.

There have been complaints from locals about noisy night works off Quay Street roundabout keeping them awake.

Tesco says it will send out another newsletter to those who live close to the site informing them about the project.

But while it apologise for the disruption, Tesco admits it is caught in a difficult position.

Dave Merrills, site project manager for Tesco contractors, ISG Pearce, said: ‘Of course we don’t want to upset people. We have had a few complaints, but unfortunately the highway is far too busy to work on during the day without causing major disruption. It’s one of our conditions that we can’t close the lanes during the busiest periods.

‘This is the busiest junction in Hampshire – it gets 2,000 vehicle movements an hour, but for us to work safely that needs to be down to 750 an hour.

‘Because of this, some nights we can’t start work until 9.30pm,’ said Mr Merrills.

Although Tesco says the scheme is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year, the removal of the Western Way footbridge which was due last weekend has been delayed to June 17 and 18.

Tesco’s store development manager Allan Roe said: ‘The removal of the bridge has been put back a week because of forecasted high winds and as it involves a lot of heavy machinery it wouldn’t be safe to go ahead.’

Work is well under way on the foundations, while the steel frame for the main building is expected to start being constructed in early July and completed by mid-August.

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘The work has got to be done to complete the project. The sooner they can get it finished the better it is for everybody. It’s in everybody’s interests that it’s done as quickly as possible.’

To have a say on the development, go to quayst.co.uk or call (01420) 588003.