Controversial Lincoln dairy site supermarket in Easter opening aim
A new supermarket should be open in Lincoln by Easter after work to build it began this week.
Diggers have moved onto the old Boultham Park Dairy site in Dixon Street.
They are clearing the ground to make way for a new access road, which will be shared by the new Lidl store and a proposed £1 million mosque.
It follows roadworks designed to ease congestion and improve pedestrian access.
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Planning consultant Peter Banks said: "Contractors are now on site building the shared access road from Dixon Street.
"The development of this site is definitely happening.
"I would expect to see the access road finished in eight to 10 weeks.
"Lidl have bought the land for their development which should begin within two months. I think it will then be 20 weeks before they open. My best guess is Lidl expects to open their supermarket around Easter 2014."
Dr Tanweer Ahmed, trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln, said: "We are hoping to be able to start building the mosque in six to 12 months' time.
"On Tuesday I had a meeting with a solicitor so we can move forward with purchasing land.
"We are slowly moving forward with our project but it's a big challenge to get £1 million.
"However, at a recent fundraising dinner, the pledges we received totaled more than £400,000."
Drainage work has begun for the whole site, which has outline planning permission for housing accessed from Boultham Park Road.
Jean Flannery, chairman of Boultham Residents' Association, said: "We are delighted to see that work is in progress because the site was becoming an eyesore.
"Now that everything is in place, the sooner the site is developed the better."