‘Tesco: every village ought to have one,’ says chair

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A COUNCILLOR has said that every village should have its own Tesco after the supermarket chain moved into his area five months ago.

Northchurch Parish Council chairman Alan Fantham said there is a problem with parking around the area’s High Street shops – but stresses this is not the supermarket’s fault.

Tesco replaced a One Stop Shop and the vacant Threshers next-door to create a new Express store in September.

Mr Fantham said: “Now we have a Tesco where people can do their weekly shop, rather than just popping in for bits and pieces.

“Every village should have one.”

He said commuters often park outside the shops before getting catching a coach into London.

“Some people live locally, and we need somewhere convenient for people who work in Northchurch to park, but not for people who go to London,” he said.

He added that disabled bays are poorly marked, so drivers can often park there illegally and get away with it.

But new signs marking the spaces will be installed within the next year by Dacorum Borough Council. Mr Fantham added that he would like to see more spaces and a contribution from Tesco could help pay for this.