Woman's job fears over Tesco scheme

A GRANDMOTHER is today facing losing her job for the second time in a year if a proposed multi-million pound development gets the go-ahead.

A GRANDMOTHER is today facing losing her job for the second time in a year if a proposed multi-million pound development gets the go-ahead.

Diane Davis had been working at the Ipswich branch of Woolworths for more than 30 years when she was let go after the store shut at the end of last year.

She soon got another job as a car park attendant for the car park in Grafton Way, opposite Cardinal Park - exactly where the proposed development will be.

The 49-year-old said she is now considering launching a petition to prevent them taking over the car park.

The plans, brought forward by Spenhill Regeneration, a subsidiary of Tesco, includes a Tesco superstore, with around 660 parking spaces, up to 12 other retail units, 100 residential units and two hotels.

The scheme, which stretches along the river front from Princes Street Bridge to Stoke Bridge, is still under discussion with Ipswich Borough Council.

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Mrs Davis of London Road, Ipswich, said: “It doesn't seem fair. I was working at Woolworths since I was 16 and was gutted to leave. Now I love this job and don't want to lose it. I don't like to be out of work. You expect to have your job for life.”

She also has concerns about the lost parking spaces if the planning proposals get the green light.

A spokesman for Spenhill Regeneration said: “The car park which is part of the development will be free and open for 24-hours for anyone to use. It would need to be managed so this person could always get a job there,”

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