04:11AM, Thursday 11 October 2012
Widening access to a new Tesco store in Dedworth could lead to someone being 'killed' - Royal Borough councillors have said.
Members of the urban development control panel threw out a proposal by the supermarket giant at the Guildhall last night.
They refused widening of an access point to a new Tesco Express at The Three Elms pub, in Clarence Road, as they said it would have a 'detrimental' affect on road safety.
But Tesco said it would improve access from the planned store onto Hatch Lane.
Councillors said removing the 3.5 metres of existing boundary wall, bringing access closer to the junction with Hatch Lane and Clarence Road, would not improve access.
Objector Mary May, of Parsonage Lane, said: "It is dangerous and we need that wall there to keep some of these children as safe as possible."
Impassioned Cllr John Penfold (Ind, Clewer North) echoed her views and said it was a farcical situation and 'could kill people' if approved.
He also said Tesco had got the plans 'badly wrong' as the building was 'wrong' for an Express store.
Tesco does not legally need planning permission to turn the pub into a store and was also granted a licence to sell alcohol last month.
It has already been given permission to make alterations including setting up air conditioning units, putting up signs, bollards and a canopy.
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