Support growing for supermarket scheme
A GRAND statement of support was made yesterday for a new supermarket creating 300 jobs in Peterborough.
More than 1,000 postcards from Peterborough people backing proposals to build a supermarket at Peterborough Garden Park, near Eye, were handed in to Peterborough City Council at Peterborough Town Hall.
The plans were submitted in February this year, and since then more than 400 letters of support have already been sent to planning officers.
Chairman of Peterborough Garden Park Gordon Edington said: “It’s not often that local people line up to support development.
“We believe that the level of support shown breaks all previous local planning office records for new development.
“Geographically, we have received support from almost every area of Peterborough – with a majority from very local communities” he continued.
“We have also received postcards of support from people outside the city who see the Garden Park as a key part of Peterborough’s offer for visitors. In addition, letters of support have been received from residents’ associations and local organisations.”
The supermarket venture also includes a cycle hub to help people make greater use of the Green Wheel Cycle route which runs past the Garden Park.
If the project is given the go-ahead, it would create more than 300 jobs when completed and 150 jobs during construction. The name of the supermarket has not been released.
Councillor Bella Saltmarsh, who represents the Dogsthorpe ward, said she supported the scheme.
“I’m here representing the views of my constituents, many of whom have spoken up to say that they would benefit from the jobs and con- venience of a new supermarket.”
Peterborough Disability Forum chairman Bryan Tyler said: “Out-oftown retail facilities are often very important for people with disabilities. We’re pleased the Garden Park has listened to our comments and wants to make the site as accessible as possible for all.”
The application is expected to be considered in June.
support: Bryan Tyler, chairman of Peterborough Disability Survey, Gordon Edington and Cllr Bella Saltmarsh