Pub plan ignites car park row

Computer generated image of how a new Tesco on Chorley Road, Adlington, would look. A planning application has been put in to transform what is currently known as The Ridgeway Arms

Computer generated image of how a new Tesco on Chorley Road, Adlington, would look. A planning application has been put in to transform what is currently known as The Ridgeway Arms

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The transformation of an Adlington pub has reignited a row over an unofficial car park.

Last week the Guardian revealed plans by Tesco to turn the former Ridgway Arms on Chorley Road into an Express store.

Four years ago residents performed a boycott of the pub, which was then still open, when part of a car park which is used by residents and business for parking was blocked off.

But the problem once again resurfaced after it emerged Tesco also wanted to partially block the land, as shown on artists’ impressions of their plans.

Frank Minshull, who lives in Anderton, said: “They can’t do this because they don’t own the car park. We went to Land Registry the last time this came up and that car park is owned by the village.

“The brewery years ago tried to take it off us but to close that car park would create havoc.

“From a health and safety point of view, it would mean people backing out on to Railway Road.”

Resident Philip Watson, who lives in Adlington, said: “We park on there when we go to the local shops.

“It is not big enough to turn round in so it will mean reversing into traffic near the lights to get out, which I think will be a big mistake.

“The Tesco will certainly get well used, and I think it is a good idea. It will probably stop people travelling further out and it will make good use of the pub. But if there are bollards there, there will definitely be an accident.”

The new Tesco store will create 20 jobs and bosses say it will bring more shoppers back into the village.

After being contaced by the Guardian Tesco bosses said they were no longer planning to go ahead with erecting bollards outside the store.

Matthew Magee, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “The artist impression was drawn up at a time when the ownership wasn’t clear. They are now not going to form part of the application.”

Plans will be submitted in the coming weeks to create an ATM outside the store and change signage and ventilation.