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Traders fear for future if new Tuffley store gets go-ahead

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

harm:   From left; Jen Lapington, Coun Chris Chatterton, Mandy Goodwin, John Ewens and Steve O'Connor. Inset: The garage.

From left; Jen Lapington, Coun Chris Chatterton, Mandy Goodwin, John Ewens and Steve O'Connor

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SHOPKEEPERS are warning they may have to close if plans for a new convenience store in Tuffley get the go-ahead.

Public figures spoke against the proposals for the old Witcombe Service Station in Grange Road at the Gloucester City Council Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, resulting in members deferring their decision until they receive more information on how it will affect local businesses.

Speaking at the meeting Councillor Chris Chatterton, who represents Tuffley and Grange, said: "Some traders in Tuffley say if they lose 25 per cent of the trade, they will close.

"While we accept it is a derelict site, we do not want it redeveloped at the expense of other traders.

"A previous application for a convenience store in the area was rejected as it would have an adverse effect on trade, and this one is 600m closer to the centre than that one was."

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Planning permission had been recommended for approval by council officers but the report presented to councillors to help them in their decision also said: "In my view the decision hinges on the retail aspects of the scheme.

"Members must weigh the assessment of the potential impacts on the local centre against the improved range of goods offered to the local community."

Speaking after the meeting, Steve O'Connor, of the Three Bridges Community Partnership, said the new store, if allowed, would have a big impact on existing shops and would not add much to the community.

He said: "It was important that we stood up at the meeting and gave them all the facts because in my view the consultation was not sufficient and they were not presented with all the information.

"We have adequate shops in the area including in Homeleigh Parade, in Windsor Drive just a few hundred yards down the road, there is a Co-op in Seventh Avenue and of course the Costcutter in Slimbridge Road. It will mean less trade for other shops and possibly lead to stores closing and jobs being lost.

"Grange Road is a dense residential area and householders along it do not want the noise and parking issues replacing a derelict garage which when it was opened was a quiet and sleepy establishment.

"It was not a busy place and people were happy with that."

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  • justbecause  |  September 09 2012, 8:07AM

    This is a much needed store in the area, which will bering a redundant commercial site back into a commercial use creating jobs and choice in the area.

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  • dcfc79  |  September 08 2012, 6:37PM

    Id like to see a Sainsburys Local there, way too many Tesco stroes in the county

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  • Clare1  |  September 08 2012, 2:32PM

    YES at last a chance to buy decent fruit and veg. I agree that it is sad that the corner shops could suffer but are Costcutter etc really corner shops NO. They are over priced, poor quality retailers.

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  • TimMessanger  |  September 08 2012, 7:32AM

    The idea of Te$cow$ is to take over the world. They are the Wether$poons of the retail trade with the give us a better price or we won't play mentality driving farmers and suppliers into the ground!

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  • TheMoanerLisa  |  September 07 2012, 8:26PM

    About time this area and its residents were given a better choice to spend their money. I dont know what it is but for such a populated area, approval for anything new or that would benefit the residents of Tuffley (not the few scruffy looking shop owners) is ever granted. I hope Tesco are behind this as they will not back down easily - s0d the lazy shopowners - too good for too long.

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  • nickthompson  |  September 07 2012, 5:46PM

    These people have very short memories,Thatcher said" if you cannot compete you go to the wall" "every man for himself" "the market place at work", that is the reason we are all doing so very,very well today ????????????????????????

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  • NibNobs  |  September 07 2012, 1:28PM

    The existing stores in Tuffley are dated and in need of a major renovation so the new-build store will no doubt be air-conditioned, bigger, have parking right outside and have much higher standards of cleanliness so that will make the existing stores improve and compete on price. So it's a win-win for everyone folks - get it built.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  September 07 2012, 1:19PM

    Glad if Costcutter closes then it won't get robbed will it and @thomas1996 a couple of months ago, it said it was a Tesco Express going at the old Witcombe service station.

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  • Madeleine67  |  September 07 2012, 12:06PM

    All of the shops in Tuffley are expensive - Costcutter included - serves you all right for your high prices - you could all do with the competition - hope the new store gets the good ahead.

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  • Villager1950  |  September 07 2012, 11:10AM

    Steve Conner said "It was not a busy place and people were happy with that." If that's the case no-one will be fool enough to spend building a new shop only for it to fail due to lack if trade. I wonder if he and his fellow shop owners always buy the highest priced product for their domestic needs or do they look for value for money?

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