Sup­port grow­ing for su­per­mar­ket scheme

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

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

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