“We prefer to live next to a dump”


Councillors and residents feel a Co op would not be an improvement

Snooty councillors on the Conservative dominated Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury local Area Committee have put the kibosh on a Co-op convenience store opening on Hursley road. Planning permission had been sought to convert the derelict Forum garage, fast becoming an eyesore, into a late night supermarket but the committee backed almost 600 residents who had signed a petition against the proposals.

The petition had been organised by Mrs. Krutika Shah whose family has run a Spar store located yards from the proposed site for over 25 years which would have faced closure if the Co-op plan had gone ahead.

The Co-operative society have business interests running from funeral services to dairy farms and run a profit sharing scheme which last year paid back £38 million to its customers.

They also sponsor the Cooperative party which funds around 30 Labour MPs including party leadership hopeful and former minister Ed Balls – who was recently out and about campaigning in Eastleigh .

Councillors cited an increase in traffic movements, opposition from the locals and the threat the store posed to local business as their reasons for refusal.

In 2002 the same local area committee approved planning permission for upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose to be built in Fryern – in the face of local opposition.

The opening of the Waitrose store resulted in a substantial increase in traffic movements on Oakmount Road and in the closure of the popular Alldays convenience store.

Ironically, the Alldays chain is now owned by the Co op.

The former Somerfield supermarket on Winchester road has just been re- branded as a Co op – so perhaps things have worked out ok. The Spar gets to stay open and there is still somewhere for socialists to shop in Chandlers Ford!

  1 comment for ““We prefer to live next to a dump”

  1. Stella Andrews
    October 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I would like to know how many people where for the co-op opening in Hursley Rd, my partner and I were for one opening, as the Spar store can be expensive and she closes early at 2pm on Sunday, where other Spar shops stay open much later.
    If she cares for the residence as much as she stays she does then why does she stay open longer hours, like the One Shop on Bournemouth Rd.
    I think it would have been great having the Co-op near by, my partner and I dont drive so sometimes we rely on the local shops. The area planned for the C0-Op would have been really good amply size parking, which the Spar shop across the road hasn’t got and it would have been nice with lot more choices, fresh products and slightly cheaper. I would have thought that the older residences would have like a Co-Op in the area seeing the Co-Op has been going for years and it would have given them a better range of products for them to do they weekly shopping at reasonable prices. I cant see how it would effect the traffic as there are already shops on that side and really, Hursley Rd isnt that busy, after all there is a pub on the corner and 2 or 3 take aways which stay open late. Myself and some one I know would have liked for the Co-Op to have gone ahead. Shes lucky that they didnt want to buy her out as they have brought many Spar shops in Southampton.

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