SEPTEMBER 2016

TESCO have stated that they have a target date for store completion of February next year.  On my query and request if it is now possible to talk about the Old Fire Station and possible terms of lease I received the following:

"I have spoken to the relevant people and the future of the fire station will be raised for discussion at the property senior team meeting. Though my colleagues in the property team looking after the site did say they would be unable to go into any further potential discussions until the store construction is well underway. "

In the meantime we are proceding with plans for a Feasibility Study.  The start of this is a simple questionnaire to try to idetify what is wanted for the future of the Museum or Heritage Centre.


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JUNE 2016

There has been some activity on the old cattle market site by TESCO contractors looking at various aspects.  One even stated that the store would be open in 2017.  This sounded very unlikely so I went to the "horses mouth" and queried TESCO directly.  The following is their reply:

"In response to your enquiry about activity on site, we are working with various contractors to update our information on our site in Tenbury in order to plan for the future. It is worth saying, other contractors will visit and inspect the site on our behalf over the coming weeks. However, the contractor in question has been presumptive in terms of the potential schedule, as the timeline for our plan is yet to be established."
We continnue to wait!

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NOVEMBER 2015

While we (patiently) wait for TESCO, we are still progressing towards the aim of a Heritage Centre with Museum display.  Without the TESCO agreement for the lease, 
we are not confident enough to carry out feasibility on the Old Fire Station.  However, we do want to move forward and we are looking at who our visitors and users might be if we were in a central location and were branded as a heritage or history centre as well as a museum.  Our current visitors are mainly tourists and those researching their family history and we are trying to make contact with local schools.  Making the case for heritage is crucial to any grant application.  Tenbury Historical Society produced little booklets on aspects of local history it would be great to do more together.
 


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JULY 2015

I can report confirmation that our hope and desire to move to the Old Fire Station is still on track.  Having said that, there is no actual progress to the project, only confirmation that TESCO has not closed the Tenbury plan for a store.  The Museum Society Committee held a meeting with representatives of TESCO on 9th July 2015.  At this meeting TESCO confirmed their future plans still include Tenbury.  On our part, we informed them of the issues surrounding the time required for a Feasibility Study and the basic requirements put on us for a grant for the Heritage Lottery Fund.  All was taken on board and we look for further discussions later this year.


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BACKGROUND:

The current building is not in good condition and is not best situated for visitors.  Most people in Tenbury are aware that we have been looking to relocate and there have been rumours of a TESCO connection.  We are now in a position more factual than speculation although very very early days and by no means should it be taken that we expect to move – it is still a planned ideal with many hoops to jump through.
 
Last year we did indeed approach TESCO to investigate the possibility of using the ‘Old Fire Station’.  The plans at that stage were too nebulous to make any statements.  At a very early stage TESCO discovered their (now well-advertised) financial difficulties and all communication with us just stopped.  Now TESCO has made their plans known of the closure of many stores and that the Tenbury planned store will go ahead.  With the help of our MP, Harriett Baldwin, communication has started again.  To keep their planning application live, TESCO must start some building work, be it car park or building demolition.  We proposed that they start with the ‘Old Fire Station’ front office and we can discuss terms of lease.  This would allow us start the planning process.  They have responded and we are doing just that.
 
I will keep this report up dated as actual facts and work progresses.  Until then, I hope that this will be of interest to our community.
 
Let me say here, that as we progress to possible changes, we will need all the help we can.  If anybody can offer some time or other help, and if you would like to maintain a vibrant and interesting part of Tenbury, please respond by our e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Thank you.