Search

Tesco delays Rainham distribution centre

13:25 19 April 2012

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker says Tesco must use the extra time to address congestion issues near the site

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker says Tesco must use the extra time to address congestion issues near the site

Archant

The Tesco distribution centre due to create 900 jobs in Rainham has been delayed until summer 2013, it was announced today (Thursday).

A spokesman for the supermarket giant told the Recorder workers from Havering would still be given the first opportunity to apply for the jobs created by the development - but said applications would not be taken until the spring. The centre was originally due to open later this year.

Tony Fletcher, the chain’s corporate affairs manager for London, said: “When we looked at the window of time to get it up and running, we took the view there were too many risks.

“We couldn’t start it until the Olympics and if we run into Christmas that’s our busiest period.

“We don’t want to let customers down.”

The news will come as a blow to local residents, many of whom attended a session in March on how to apply for jobs at the distribution centre.

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker, leader of the Independent Residents’ Group, said: “A lot of people are looking for jobs because they have got families to feed and clothe.”

But Cllr Tucker said he hoped Tesco would use the extra time to address congestion issues on the A13, which runs past the site: “As it’s now being delayed, the congestion issue must be completely finalised by the time it opens.”

Mr Fletcher said Tesco remained committed to the project.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, said: “After many meetings with Tesco it is great to have the green light for the distribution centre to go ahead.

“This is a great opportunity to see more jobs created in the local area to tackle the rising unemployment and I would urge all local residents to apply.”

Mr Cruddas added he was “very reassured” that Tesco were committed to local workers and that recruitment would start next year.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

21 minutes ago
Robert Darling. Picture: Metropolitan Police

An armed robber who managed to steal thousands of pounds from three different travel agents has been jailed for 13 years.

13:30
The opening night at Sankeys Ibiza   Credit: Sankeys Ibiza

An iconic nightclub franchise which has world-famous dance floors in Ibiza and New York is opening in the premises of the Circuit nightclub.

Arthur Latham in 2013 celebrating 50 years of the London Borough of Havering.

Former council leader Arthur Latham died at the weekend.

12:00
Father Christmas. Picture PA.

Children in Havering have until Friday (December 9) to get their present requests into Father Christmas.

Dawn Williams with family, a former employee and a loyal customer.

A barber who has been snipping, shaving and styling hair at her shop for 10 years, has closed for good so she can pursue a career in teaching.

15:00
Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia. Home Care Manager Carly Rochester

Carers, which provide support to elderly people, experienced first hand life with dementia.

07:00
A mother of three has launched a petition to ban smoking outside primary school gates. Credit: PA images

A mother of three has launched a petition to ban smoking in front of primary school gates.

Yesterday, 16:32
Upmisnter Christmas tree festival.

An annual Christmas tree festival organised by a church, returned to the delight of residents.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now