Monday, April 02, 2012

Westgate Sainsbury's Debate on BBC Radio Kent

Julia George on BBC Radio Kent this morning, devoted a whole hour to the vexing question of supermarket expansion in small towns and most of that coverage was devoted to the Sainsbury's application at Hundreds Farm, on the Canterbury Road at Westgate on Sea.

A number of people made useful and thought-provoking contributions to the programme and these included Reg Bell, representing traders, Cllr Alasdair Bruce, representing the village of Birchington as well as residents, neighbours and shopkeepers with a range of different opinions.

This was all very useful in helping paint a much larger picture of public opinion before the meeting on April 16th at Westgate's Carlton cinema at 7pm.

The programme started at 9am on Monday and you can find the BBC iPlayer link to listen again here.

Let me know what you think?

Meanwhile, I see the new Tesco Metro in Westbrook is provoking angry comments about parking or the lack of it outside the store on a dangerous junction. I witnessed this myself today and it rather begs the question of why it was given planning approval by Kent Highways in the first place!

18 comments:

Cllr Alasdair Bruce said...

A reality check - if needed- about the Sainsbury's debate was provided to me about half hour ago. I have just come past the Tesco Extra that opened today at Westbrook. - there were cars parked on the pavement, on double yellow lines and blocking the traffic. What an utter nightmare - there is an accident waiting to happen. How anyone at Kent Highways ever thought this would be an appropriate site without adequate parking is beyond me and several councillors expressed concerns at the planning stage. So, beware what they say about the effects of additional traffic and traffic lights for the proposed new Sainsbury's.

Gordon Bennett said...

Heard the debate and thank you and Alasdair Bruce for you sound contributions. As Julia said - two councillors are listening to the public.

simon moores said...

Strangely enough Alasdair, I've come home the same way and noticed the identical problem. It's a visible traffic hazard having Tesco on that busy corner and I'm most surprised that KCC Highways approved it!

Peter Checksfield said...

Tesco should buy up that derelict land next to it & convert that into a car park.

Still, good to see people actually shopping in Westbrook again.

Anonymous said...

This is not the fault of anyone other than the shoppers breaking the rules... a bit like blaming 'Purdeys' when someone uses a sawn off to steal money!

Its the public who are the offenders!!

Anonymous said...

They already own that land Peter, they brought it when the old Lada showroom shut, its called 'Landbanking' and its highly questionable.

Peter Checksfield said...

Do you know that for certain Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms Anonymous? Strange that there's currently a sign there offering it for sale then...

MA said...

I suggest going back and examining closely the full correspondence from Highways regarding the Tesco Express application. If the Arlington Tesco files are anything in comparison you will probably find concerns raised and then quashed. We all know that if you open a store on a busy road that people will chance it and nip in. It should not have been allowed. But Thanet Council allowed it. Why?

Anonymous said...

Whilst talking of Birchington Councillors, can anyone tell me why the Thanet Independant Group of councillors do not have any female members? Strange as their leader is the councils diversity champ! Perhaps one of them should step down and let a female candidate stand!

Anonymous said...

So they shouldn't open small supermarkets on busy roads now? What do you suggest, build them in quite cul-de-sacs?

Anonymous said...

10:16 Are but at least one of them claims to be bi-sexual so maybe that counts!

MA said...

Anon 8.50. The point is that the road at this point allows for physically pulling in, but the double yellows are there to stop as dangerous. If this was in London would be a red route.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the new Tesco and parking - that should be a police matter now but as an earlier posted it is the drivers doing wrong. Incidentally the last owner I knew where Jenners was was ....Mr Godden - unless he sold it on - had planning permission for flats!

Anonymous said...

You can put up a for sale sign, but you don't have to sell.

Anonymous said...

You can also post anonymously to blogs and make unfounded claims so it seems.

Anonymous said...

This will reduce the numbers of shoppers to Westgate’s shops, which will cause them to close. People will not drive to this Sainsburys for their big shop instead of Westwood, as Sainsburys will make it clear that their giant Westwood store is cheaper. This so called “modest sized supermarket “ is designed to catch Westgate and Birchington’s local trade. Once the local stores have gone, they will never come back. The empty shops will have a corrosive effect on the whole town reducing the quality of our life.

bluefin said...

This will reduce the numbers of shoppers to Westgate’s shops, which will cause them to close. People will not drive to this Sainsburys for their big shop instead of Westwood, as Sainsburys will make it clear that their giant Westwood store is cheaper. This so called “modest sized supermarket “ is designed to catch Westgate and Birchington’s local trade. Once the local stores have gone, they will never come back. The empty shops will have a corrosive effect on the whole town reducing the quality of our life.

Tim said...

Sorry Bluefin - wrong. Sainsbury's confirmed that all goods will be at the same price as at W+. Oh, & this shopper WILL desert W+ for WG, and still support the local shops as well.