Spalding regeneration survey: Just 17 out of 3,300 say no

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THE man behind plans to regenerate Spalding says the people are backing his bid to breathe new life in the town.

THE man behind plans to regenerate Spalding says the people are backing his bid to breathe new life in the town.

Richard Garvie, of Sustainable Spalding, has spoken to 3,300 people for a survey on possible locations for a new supermarket and cinema and says only 17 did not want either in any location.

Mr Garvie says developers have shown interest in a new supermarket in Spalding and he wants to use that to help fund a new cinema.

He will work through the results of the survey in detail but said he was pleased with the initial reaction of residents.

He said: “I was surprised. The impression you get from some people locally is that people don’t want change and don’t want the town to grow but I think if you ask anybody in the street if they want improvements there will be very few who say that Spalding is brilliant and we should leave it as it is.

“It’s a shame that the small minority of people who are against anything are always so vocal.”

Mr Garvie revealed that most people have said they would want a cinema out of town, but he still feels that a central location would boost footfall. He believes Spalding Bus Station, Gore Lane or Victoria Street could be possible sites.

Just 25 people said they would support any building on the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field site – a mooted plan that Mr Garvie opposes.

Before planning application is sought Mr Garvie will hold another consultation and hopes to rent a shop in the town, allowing people from outside of Spalding to air their views.

Possible supermarket sites suggested by Mr Garvie include land next to Barrier Bank (Spalding side of the new A16), and either behind or opposite McDonalds and Texaco at the A151/A16 roundabout.

He will talk to landowners to see if formal agreements can be made once the results are in.