Derry City Council has “turned down” 200 retail jobs for the city, retail giant Tesco has said.
The company says the local authority’s deferral of a discussion on the much publicised proposal for a Buncrana Road store has put paid to the plans. Planning Minister, Alex Attwood, stated last year that he was minded to refuse the planning application but said he would listen to the views of the council. However, Tesco says the proposal has “fallen at the last hurdle” after a planned discussion on the matter was deferred by council for a second time. The company says the city’s unemployed have “lost out” on millions of pounds of investment, despite nine years work, many revisions of plans and thousands of signatures and letters of support. Gloria Coats, corporate affairs manager for Tesco said: “We have received so much support for our plans from local residents and our customers, it is very disappointing that Derry City Council does not feel that this store would benefit those living in the city. It seems incredible that after all these years and in the current economic climate, investment and the prospect of around 200 jobs and construction jobs have been turned down.”