SUPERMARKET Aldi may have been given the go ahead to build a new store in Gloucester but residents and traders in Linden are not giving up their fight.
Proposals to build the new store on a vacant site at the junction of Bristol Road and Clifton Road were approved by Gloucester city councillors on April 1.
But those living in the area believe it could have an effect on small independent shops and traffic.
Lyn Ackroyd, chairman of the Linden Resident’s Association, is leading calls for a rethink on the scheme. She said: “Following the planning meeting and the approval of the new Aldi store, small business owners in the surrounding area are most upset and disappointed with the possible threat to their trade and livelihood and I do not blame them.
“Traffic is also a concern at this junction. I think there needs to be some sort of crossing to make it easier for pedestrians too.”
Some 577 people signed a petition calling on the plans to be refused because of fears that it may impact on trade at the nearby Griffin’s Friendly Corner Shop.
Lisa Bayes, who owns the corner shop, said: “By approving the application this will have irreversible impacts on the community, such as loss of trade, job loss and closures for existing retail provision.
“Griffins Friendly Corner Shop is going to continue serving the community as best as we can, offering variety of product choice, good value and offers and a friendly personal shopping experience. We are grateful and thankful to all the community who have supported us in this planning application and hope to continue to do so when the store has been built.”
Aldi, recently voted the UK’s best supermarket by Which?, also has another store just three miles away in Bristol Road, Quedgeley.
Commenting on Facebook, Hannah Louise Brain said: “Ridiculous! There is already an Aldi a few miles down the road in Quedgeley, not to mention Tesco, Lidl, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.”
But Snezana Manojlovic Bosnic backed the plan, saying: “No, it’s where car sales used to be, and yes having another Aldi is great news.”
Aldi did not want to comment after being approached by The Citizen.