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Residents vow not to give up their fight, after Aldi is given the green light in Gloucester

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Lyn Ackroyd in front of the site for the new Aldi opposite Toys R Us on the Bristol Road in Gloucester

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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.

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“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.

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  • Easyas123  |  April 13 2014, 10:56AM

    Great news!! Finally this wasteland will look tidy and used again!! And see as they are building on the site lets hope they update the traffic lights on the junction and actually put a crossing there.... No more dodging traffic!

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  • Will94  |  April 12 2014, 5:44PM

    Having Aldi there will be good for the area..tidy up awful site and create much needed jobs in the area... think would get more than 577 people in favour of Aldi being there !!!

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  • Villager1950  |  April 12 2014, 1:06PM

    People now have a free choice; keep on shopping at the local independent or use Aldi. Sounds fair enough to me.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  April 12 2014, 10:48AM

    One minute, they don't want it, next they want a crossing there. Well if they're against the store, they won't need a crossing, will they. This is just protectionism. To be honest, they will probably just steal sales from other supermarkets in general, and discounters in particular. A good independent store will stay open, as long as they compete with the hours, service and prices. And just a small point, would they rather it was left as a bomb site? Because no matter who moves in there, it will be competition for someone, somewhere.

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  • spindles12  |  April 12 2014, 10:36AM

    GlosAnarchy, you ask about the Linden Resident's Association and why only Lyn Ackroyd comes up - here's a clue - ' - got it? If the Association was for the residents of Linden then wouldn't it be Linden Residents' Association but as the word says Resident's Association it must be referring to one resident i.e. Lyn Ackroyd, hence why she keeps popping up. As for the gripes of the corner shop that will be affected, if your loyal customers are that loyal then even when Aldi does open they'll keep buying their shopping at your little shop won't they? Yeah, right!

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  April 11 2014, 6:09PM

    There are plenty of car show rooms along Bristol Road, but I don't remember anyone complaining when Motorland started trading in Clifton Road. If we have to have yet another supermarket, I'd rather it be Aldi rather than one of the usual suspects.

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