SHOP CLOSURE STRUGGLES
SINCE it was announced last year that theCo-op planned to sell their larger stores to Asda to overcome problems caused by financial mismanagement in the organisation, have been waiting to hear what will happen to the Ridgedale Centre in Marple.
Last week a poster went up near the entrance to the shop advising customers that the store would cease to trade as a Co- op on February 14.
As of yesterday, there was no indication what would happen after that date, so asked the duty manager and was told that the shop would then be closed for several weeks to effect the changeover. The RidgedaleCentre is the main grocery store in Marple and, like many other locals, it is where do most of my shopping for food and other basics.
The nearest equivalent stores are Aldi in Offerton, Romiley and Hazel Grove, Sainsbury’s in Hazel Grove, and Morrisons in Bredbury. These are all some distance away and none can be easily reached by public transport.
While have access to a car and can travel to the shops, the elderly, those with mobility problems and those without their own transport are going to struggle to obtain the basic necessities if the main provider in the town is out of action for some considerable time.
When the recent controversy raged about Asda’s proposal to build a supermarket on the Marple Sixth Form College site, the company were most anxious to play the card of community involvement in Marple.
The complete lack of information about the current situation gives the lie to that.
Come on, Asda. If you want the citizens of Marple to patronize your business, you need to treat us properly.
Tell us what is going on. When you take over, you will be the major provider of foodstuffs and other basic needs in the town, and that places an obligation on you not to cease trading for any length of time. Judith Wilshaw Marple
IIIIalong its roads and pavements following wet weather.
But now we have a new natural wonder, which could perhaps attract hundreds of visitors to our small community and might offer a new source of revenue to the local authority, alleviating the taxpayers’ burden.
The ‘attraction’ in question is the lake that has materialised in Hatherlow Lane at the pub entrance to the car park of the Grapes.
Now this is not some insignificant puddle, but a magnificent inland sea that confronts anyone brave enough to cross it with the risk of being sucked down by the whirlpools lurking beneath its surface.
Vehicles entering the car park have been left drifting, with occupants rescued by a lifeboat acquired by the landlady.
Indeed, there have been rumours that something akin to the Loch Ness monster has been spotted in the depths.
Darts and cribbage are no longer played. The latest sports are model boat sailing and fishing, which give way to ice skating when the weather is suitable.
Clearly both the council and the brewery see this as adding value to the community, since numerous appeals for the problem to be dealt with, have fallen on deaf ears.
If this continues, Hatherlow Lane will have to be deemed a waterway with appropriate lifebelts available and trained guards in attendance. Dean Yorwerth Carlton Place Hazel Grove would make a good MP, but if you want a local candidate, it is a choice between Labour or Tory as both candidates have lived in the constituency all their lives. Peter Black Ecclesbridge Road Marple like outside their bubble. Well, do and I’d like to offer voters that choice in May.
And I’m looking forward to debating in public forums with the other candidates and their supporters. Could I urge all community groups and the Express to organise as many as possible. Michael Taylor Labour Parlimentary Candidate for Hazel Grove