Sites plan is delayed

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PLANS to unveil three suitable locations in Spalding for a supermarket have been delayed while talks continue with a landowner.

Richard Garvie, of Sustainable Spalding, had hoped to announce the three pieces of land where he thinks a supermarket could be built in the town this week.

However, he told the Spalding Guardian he is awaiting confirmation that the owner of the third site is happy for him to go ahead with a consultation of people in the town – which could take a few days to tie up.

Mr Garvie will then ask every resident in the town for their views on a possible new supermarket – asking them to say if they want one at all and, if so, which of Mr Garvie’s shortlist they would prefer.

He said: “We aim to visit every house in the district over the next few weeks to assess what public opinion is regarding a new supermarket.

“We understand that at least two developers are trying to bring a new supermarket to the town, but neither of those projects will deliver the significant benefits that the town deserves or improvements required to boost footfall and trade.

“If we are going to have a new supermarket, it must provide significant benefits to make it a positive development rather than a negative one.”

Mr Garvie has said he would oppose developments on the old Welland Hospital and Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field sites.