Make way for Tesco: Grandmother may be forced to sell

IN WHAT some people have called a ‘modern day David and Goliath tale’, a public hearing began last week to decide whether Enid Jones, 58, should be forced to sell her home in order to make way for a superstore development.

An artists’ impression of the development which will require Mrs. Jones to relocate

An artists’ impression of the development

Plans for the multi-million pound Tesco and Marks & Spencer complex have been public since 2011 and a number of buildings, including a day centre and twelve homes on Glyndwr Road, would have to be demolished to create space for the huge development.

Initially there were a number of formal objections to the plans and three residents refused to give up their homes. Now, it is only Mrs Jones left standing up to the supermarket giants.

The inquiry, which is being held at the Ceredigion County Council headquarters, will decide whether a Compulsory Purchase Order can be imposed against the Aberystwyth-based grandmother to force her to sell her home.

Mrs. Jones, who has lived on Glyndwr Road for 7 years, maintains that the development could be constructed without demolishing her property and says she needs to stay in her home for health reasons. However, a top London barrister representing Ceredigion council will be arguing otherwise.

A report related to the inquiry will be released in six weeks, and the Welsh Government is due to issue a final decision within the following eleven weeks.

If given the go-ahead, the 37,000 square foot project, which includes two superstores and a 555-space car park, is scheduled to open in 2016. It is claimed that the development will generate around 300 jobs and would boost town center trade by as much as £3.5 million a year. It has been described as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for a town “urgently in need of investment”.

The development is to remain on hold until this conflict of interests is resolved.