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Tesco will pay for zebra crossing
2:10pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A SUPERMARKET giant set to open a new store in Warley has confirmed it will help pay for a new zebra crossing.
Tesco wrote to David Kendall, leader of Brentwood Council’s Lib Dem group, to say the company is happy to contribute financially to the installation of a crossing on Warley Hill.
The firm is in the process of transforming the former Alexandra pub building into an Express store, which will become the fourth shop it has in the borough.
A campaign was started by Mr Kendall, also a county councillor for Brentwood South, for a crossing on the road.
Although a figure has not been set out by Tesco, Mr Kendall said he was happy it has agreed to help pay some of the costs.
He added: “I am very pleased Tesco has confirmed it will make a financial contribution towards the cost of a pedestrian crossing because it will greatly increase the chance of it happening.
“I believe a new pedestrian crossing near the store will be vital for any Tesco customers to cross the busy road and I am determined to do all I can to try and make it happen.
“I know some residents have genuine concerns about Tesco opening at this location, but as it is going to definitely happen, I believe we need to make the most of this opportunity and ensure as safe an environment as possible for local residents.”
Bosses from Tesco said they decided to pay towards the crossing after hearing the views of their customers.
A spokeswoman said: “We always listen to local feedback and are eager to respond where we can help or make a difference.
“We understand from speaking to local people and councillors that a zebra crossing would benefit the area and have agreed to contribute.”
A proposal will now be submitted to Essex County Council’s Local Highways Panel for the crossing.