Tesco offers £200k compensation to Glentworth club in Dartford after Lowfield development dispute
The Glentworth Club in
Tesco has paid a social club £200,000 compensation after an
The Glentworth Ex-Service Club in Lowfield Street, Dartford, was
earmarked for demolition under proposals to build a superstore
nearby. Tesco promised to build members a new club.
But last year, Tesco decided the land the club sits on was no
longer needed. It has now pledged £200,000.
Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite (Con) said it was also a
sign that Tesco was committed to pushing ahead with the Lowfield
He said: “It’s wonderful news and they really deserve this money
after everything that’s happened. They’ve been pushed from pillar
to post and I wish them all the best with it.
compensation agreement wasn’t legally binding, it was merely an
arrangement that the council had with Tesco.
"They had no obligation to pay it and would have even less
reason to if they weren’t going through with the development.”
He added: “We are still putting pressure on Tesco to make sure
the development is done as soon as possible and are getting
building plans sent through to us on an almost daily basis.”
During the long wrangle, the club had racked up costs of £50,000
getting advice from a solicitor and surveyor.
Club secretary Terry Blundell said: “It’s been an 11-year
headache. The ex-servicemen think the world of this club and Tesco
initially approached us with plans we didn’t like.
“After years of going back and forward with Tesco, we finally
had a situation we were happy with.”
In July, last year Tesco bosses decided they didn’t want the
land the club stood on, so had no reason to fund building a
Mr Blundell, 74, continued: “Cllr Kite has been supporting us
all the way. He said to Tesco they couldn’t treat us like that
after they messed us about for so long.
“Initially Tesco offered us £100,000 but we kept pushing to get
The club has been given £150,000 so far and Tesco has agreed
with the council and the club that the remaining £50,000 will be
paid when the final planning permission is submitted, which Cllr
Kite expects to be by early this summer.
However after a decade of putting off work to the existing club,
with the expectation of it being knocked down, Mr Blundell fears
the money won’t be enough.
“While the money does help, it’s not going to be enough to
really get it up to the standard we would like, and certainly not
to the standard of the new build we were promised, with a function
room we could have hired out which would have brought a bit of
money to the club.”
The Glentworth is becoming a registered charity and is hoping it
will be able to raise extra funds to carry out additional work.