Store 'arrogant' over planning laws

PUBLISHED: 13:44 17 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

The giant Tesco supermarket has been accused of being arrogant over a planning application. The store had submitted a planning application for advertisement contest for signs on the extension to its Royston store - but the signs were already in place. C

The giant Tesco supermarket has been accused of being "arrogant" over a planning application.

The store had submitted a planning application for advertisement contest for signs on the extension to its Royston store - but the signs were already in place.

Cllr Rod Kennedy told members of the planning committee on Monday evening: "Tesco is being arrogant when it comes to planning laws. It has to play by the rules."

The committee, however, gave its support to the application to allow illuminated signs to be put in place on the roof.

Meanwhile, Tesco is to be approached to provide closed-circuit security cameras in its car park at the Old North Road site.

The move comes due to an increase in car-related crime in the car park.

Cllr Kennedy said: "Tesco does not seem interested in providing closed-circuit cameras in the car park, but it has them all over its store.

"It has a responsibility to the public in this matter," he said.

General purposes and highways committee chairman Cllr Chris Barton said, however: "It's Tesco's car park on private land and people go there out of their own choice.


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