Tesco Helping With Car Park Facilities

In the small town of Cricklade, parking is at a premium. Major supermarket chain Tesco stepped in to help, offering the equivalent of £20,000 to the Cricklade Town Council for a new 48-space car park in the town center.

Whether they have car loans or own vehicles outright, residents will now have more space to park in the center of Cricklade.

Wiltshire Council did not have enough money to fund the £50,000 required for the project. Attempts to obtain funding from other sources, among them the Regional Development Agency, also proved unsuccessful.

Cricklade Town Council eventually decided to take a Public Works Loan for the total £156,000 cost. However, Tesco will still play a role, providing surveying, project management, and architectural services at no charge.

There is a Tesco store located on the High Street near the site of the new car park. This led the town council to discussions with the major supermarket, reported Shelley Parker, the town clerk.

She said that despite Tesco’s interest in supporting the local community, its small stores do not have money to support car park development. The Cricklade project did not meet the requirements for a charitable donation.

Ms. Parker commented that the role Tesco will instead play in this community project is new for the supermarket chain. Tesco is involving itself due to benefits to the community, she reported.

The council said this shows the positive difference that a large retailer can make to a small community.

Tesco is happy to provide assistance, as it is a “key part of the local community.” For two decades, there has been a dispute regarding access to the land the town council owns in the High Street behind The Club.

Controversial plans regarding the car park led Cllr Tony Clements to resign. These issues have now been resolved, paving the way for development.