Councillors call for homes and a swimming pool on derelict Tesco-owned site in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 13:59 17 August 2012

Derelict site on Broadwater Road owned by Tesco

Derelict site on Broadwater Road owned by Tesco

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THE Tesco-owned Broadwater Road site, in Welwyn Garden City, should be used for housing and leisure according to ward councillors who represent the area.

Last week we told how the period for Tesco to appeal its failed bid for a superstore on the site had elapsed.

Now those elected to represent the views of residents who live in the shadow of the derelict site have said what they would like to see there.

Peartree ward Tory councillor Steve Roberts said: “I feel we need a mix of development on the site.

“There is a need for jobs, especially for the young, while at the same time some recreational facilities would be great.

“With regards to housing I would prefer to see more affordable and more social housing on the site, however it is essential that we think carefully about the social infrastructure to support the potential increase in population.”

He added: “As a general comment the council and more importantly the Government should be making much greater efforts to address the chronic shortage of social housing.

“By that I mean providing the funds to build more social housing which in itself would provide a much-needed boost to local economies.”

And fellow ward councillor, Lib Dem Malcolm Cowan, said: “The plan was to have general leisure on there and a swimming pool.

“WGC is the largest town in the country without a swimming pool.”

Cllr Cowan said the pool at Gosling did not count because “it only has two lanes”.

He said Broadwater Road “is very accessible”, right next to the railway station and would be an ideal site for leisure.

He said section 106 agreement cash from any housing development on the site would “pay for these facilities”.

Last week council leader John Dean said the site should be used for housing and given the chronic shortage of homes in the borough it would be “difficult to object” to such an application. Tesco has yet to decide on its plans for the site.


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