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10:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Letters
THE recent Lawnside development presentation was based on one extremely inaccurate assumption. Phillip King stated that Ledbury ‘needed extra supermarket capacity’. It doesn’t.
The figures are public knowledge. We currently have sufficient supermarket capacity to fulfil the needs of the population now and as it grows with new housing for the next 20 years.
Tesco may or may not be increasing their takings, but it is evident to all who shop there regularly that aisles are often empty, the same at the Co-op.
The effect of the recession and scares about the provenance of meat and poultry offered by supermarkets has encouraged people to shop in our independent stores, where so much produce is dramatically cheaper than the ‘special offers’ with which big brand operators try to hoodwink the public.
Ledbury does NOT need a 30,000 square-foot superstore in any location.
At least Ledburians are now all united in that understanding, so perhaps we can together evolve some creative ways to improve Lawnside without ruining the quality of life for nearby residents.
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