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Tesco faces court over new store

Tesco trolleys
Tesco plans to open in Newtown, Powys, next Monday

A council is planning legal action to prevent supermarket giant Tesco from opening a new store next week.

Powys council said it wanted a written assurance from the company that it would not open in Newtown before finishing legally agreed road work.

Officials said they would seek a court injunction to stop Tesco if the work was not completed before the official opening next Monday.

Tesco said it would respond to the council's comments later.

A court injunction could prevent the company from opening before the profitable Christmas season.

A Powys council spokesman said: "The county council is seeking written assurance from Tesco that they do not intend opening the new Newtown store before completing legally agreed highway work.

'No breach'

"The company was granted conditional planning consent for a store this summer. One of the conditions imposed by the planning committee for highway safety was completion of access work from Pool [Road] and Kerry Road.

"There is no current breach of planning conditions, however the council is considering taking legal action to ensure there is no breach of the highway planning condition."

The grocery giant is creating 259 jobs in Newtown, but plans for the new store have been dogged by controversy.

Proposals were on hold for nearly two years after the Welsh Assembly Government received a request to call in the application.

Tesco is planning to open four other stores in Powys at Welshpool, Ystradgynlais, Machynlleth and Llandrindod Wells.

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