Diggers have moved on to the site of a future supermarket.
The construction workers were spotted on Tesco’s land in New Road, Sandy on Wednesday morning (February 5).
However Tesco will not confirm that work has begun or say when shoppers can expect the superstore to open.
John Timothy, Tesco’s regional corporate affairs manager, said: “I should have an update in the coming days but at this stage I can do no more than reiterate our commitment to the scheme and promise to provide an update on timings imminently.”
At the end of December Tesco said it would have an update on the long overdue shop in mid-January. But this did not materialise.
Central Beds Council gave planning permission for the store in March 2011.
At the time Tesco said that the legal agreements and conditions would be signed off in around six months. It would then take between six and eight months for the store to be built.
Working on this timescale the people of Sandy, many of whom had actively campaigned to have a supermarket in the town, expected to be passing through the checkouts by May 2012 at the latest.
By January 2012 construction had still not begun. Tesco said that there had been delays but that the store would be open by Christmas 2012.
Then in March 2012 the Christmas opening date was postponed without a new date being given.
Preliminary site investigations and archaeological investigations began in July and Tesco gave an autumn start date for construction but this did not occur.
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