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Store is neither needed nor wanted
1:50pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in Postbag
WE live in a democratic society, and our council is elected to serve the good of the majority, and that is a very fine thing.
So I fail to understand, when the people of Salisbury so clearly believe that the erection of a supermarket would not only fail to serve them well, but that it would be detrimental to their well being, why we have to fight it.
Time and again, those of us who live in or around Salisbury, or who use Southampton Road, have pointed to the flawed logic of the desperate arguments made by the property developers who are applying for permission.
We are the ones stuck in queues on the way to work and back, and at weekends and holiday times.
We know that this situation will not change with the tinkering proposed.
We are the ones who watch helplessly as the waters rise.
Only a few weeks ago that site was partially flooded, and Southampton Road reduced to a crawl as vehicles negotiated flooding on the road itself.
It is insulting to suggest that we do not understand the basic principles of water displacement caused by such a vast substructure.
These quiet water meadows are home to heron (there is a heronry in Britford), kingfishers, cattle egrets and otters.
Only arrogance could possibly suggest that a man-made water park next to an enormous construction the size of a small airport, emitting light and noise 24/7 would entice them to stay.
We are not fighting Sainsbury’s, but a mesh of sophisticated organisations that want to profit from selling the site.
We confront very powerful organisations who are used to “dealing” with councils, planning regulations and local communities.
It is what they do for a living.
Just look up the company of the “agent” who put in the application.
Or do a little research online about what is called “potentially one of the largest supermarket developments in the UK”.
Democratically elected council, please listen.
We do not want this supermarket in this beautiful place.
It will be harmful to our society in a variety of ways.
Please, resist the pressures of corporate greed on our behalf.
Let us trust in you.
We live in a democracy, thank goodness, and that could be our best defence.
Without your voice, this supermarket might happen.
Please write to Stephen Llewellyn, Development Services South, Bourne Hill, Salisbury SP1 3UZ or email development email@example.com.
Annabel Lawson, Salisbury
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