Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has called for urgent action to be taken at the site in Stanley Town Centre which had been the planned location for a Tesco supermarket.

Tesco have today (8 January) announced that the proposed Stanley store is one of a number around the country which will no longer being going ahead.

Kevan said, “I was of course very disappointed to learn that Tesco are unable to proceed with the proposed store in Stanley, as I believe it would have been very beneficial for the town.

“However, it is vital now that Tesco, as a matter of urgency, work with the local community to find a solution with regard to the site, to ensure that it does not remain a blight on the town centre.

“I will be arranging to speak to representatives from Tesco about this as soon as possible.”