Tesco promises £20,000 community fund for pulling plug on Chatteris store

General View of Chatteris Tesco that is now going to be delayed opening. ANL-140922-155131009
General View of Chatteris Tesco that is now going to be delayed opening. ANL-140922-155131009

Communities in two Fenland towns will be benefitting from a £20,000 fund set by supermarket giant Tesco.

The chain has promised the community fund after pulling out of plans to open stores in Chatteris and Whittlesey.

In January, Tesco announced that it would not be opening the £22 million store in Chatteris.

The site had been mothballed in September and was hoped to open in April.

It is now holding discussions with potential tenants.

The supermarket chain agreed to set up the fund, which will be used to provide small grants to charities, community groups and clubs, following discussions with Fenland District Council.

It has pledged action to keep the site in Chatteris tidy and to ensure “better access” to Larham Way and the play area there.

Council leader John Clark said: “We are pleased that Tesco has agreed to support the idea of a community fund, and said that it would be happy to work in partnership to help deliver this for the people of both Chatteris and Whittlesey.

“Local residents were disappointed by Tesco’s decision so I am pleased that they have come forward with a community fund.”

n Following the closure of the town’s Co-op store, UKIP has announced it is running a weekly bus service to Ramsey’s supermarkets for Chatteris residents.

The announcement was made by Cambridgeshire county councillor Sandra Rylance last week.