There’ll be many residents in Lightwater quietly pleased by this development, though MP Michael Gove, extensively quoted in The Villager’s article on the topic, is disappointed over the decision.
Some may’ve wanted a Tesco Express, me not so. Heck, I’ve argued long and hard at planning application meetings that a store of this kind was not needed in Lightwater. Now, if we could have a car park, that’d be high up on my agenda.
Lightwater is noted, particularly by residents, for having one of everything. We may not have the most attractive village centre, this is countered by us having a Post Office, supermarket, coffee bar, hair salons, barber, Cook shop, petrol station with an M&S Simply Food, independent butcher, newsagents, Boots the Chemist, Pharmacy, library, bookmaker, car sales site, dry cleaner, fish & chip shop, variety of food take-away’s, funeral provider, and of course an obligatory number of estate agents. So, my case has been that a Tesco Express was not needed.
In The Villager, it indicated Michael’s support for the store, not sure if that’s true, as he was pressing Tesco for a decision on their intentions, bearing in mind Tesco’s original planning application was in 2010. Yes, that long ago. Need to know more about the saga, then look HERE.