Public positive about Aldi plan

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SALISBURY could be set to have two new supermarkets on London Road as plans for an Aldi were largely supported at a public exhibition on Friday.

The discount food retailer held a public exhibition at Hampton Park Pavilion to gain feedback on plans for a new food store at the former Autecnique unit and showroom site in London Road.

Aldi aims to sell high quality products at discount prices, usually between 20 and 50 per cent cheaper compared to the larger UK supermarkets.

Last year it became the first retailer to be awarded the title of Which? Best Supermarket for two consecutive years.

The new store would have a net sales area of 1,140sqm and provide about 30 full and part time jobs.

Additional car parking spaces would be added to the park and ride site next to it and Aldi would also make a significant contribution to pedestrian and cycle links.

The plans would involve widening part of London Road to create a right turn filter lane. They would also fund a reduction in the speed limit of the road from 40mph to 30mph.

An Aldi spokesman said the company has been looking for a suitable site in Salisbury for about 20 years, but nothing deliverable had come up before now.

They hope to get a planning application submitted to Wiltshire Council next month and would be looking to open next year.

Ninety-eight people attended the exhibition and of those who completed a feedback form, 82 per cent said they supported a new Aldi store on the site.

The pre-exhibition feedback saw 130 of 167 people expressing outright support and 18 supporting but offering comments or recommendations. Fifteen people said they objected to the plans, with four saying they were unsure.

A spokesman said: “We are encouraged by the very positive feedback we have already received from local residents and are excited about introducing a new discount food store to Salisbury.

"We feel this is a great opportunity to offer residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their shopping.”

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5:50pm Tue 27 May 14

IanMcL says...

"An Aldi spokesman said the company has been looking for a suitable site in Salisbury for about 20 years"

Was Aldi going then? Lots of places have come and gone in 20 years!
Autechnique has been gone years!
................

Anyway, I shall look forward to someone going on that site and linking the P&R and pathway to Laverstock, so the schools can use the P&R for parent parking and pupil drop off/pick up.

Hooray!
"An Aldi spokesman said the company has been looking for a suitable site in Salisbury for about 20 years" Was Aldi going then? Lots of places have come and gone in 20 years! Autechnique has been gone years! ................ Anyway, I shall look forward to someone going on that site and linking the P&R and pathway to Laverstock, so the schools can use the P&R for parent parking and pupil drop off/pick up. Hooray! IanMcL
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6:28pm Tue 27 May 14

Plebeian says...

Not happy about the filter lane, and the reduction in the speed limit to 30 mph. That's going to slow me down getting to and from Waitrose.
Not happy about the filter lane, and the reduction in the speed limit to 30 mph. That's going to slow me down getting to and from Waitrose. Plebeian
  • Score: 3

8:52am Wed 28 May 14

Plebeian says...

Seriously, since when has a commercial organisation had the right to change speed limits?
Seriously, since when has a commercial organisation had the right to change speed limits? Plebeian
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3:53am Thu 29 May 14

karlmarx says...

Plebeian wrote:
Seriously, since when has a commercial organisation had the right to change speed limits?
Since big business took over the running of our country in 2010...

Quote:
'Under the new plans more roads in built-up areas will be reduced to a 20mph limit.
The plans will be presented as part of the Coalition’s attempts to boost the economy, with ministers arguing that shorter journeys on major roads will help businesses.
The plans will be confirmed by Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, at next week’s Conservative conference.
He will present the move as a boost to British business.
He will also point out that the new rule simply brings the law into line with the reality on the roads.
According to the Department for Transport statistics show that half of cars exceeded the 70 mph limit on motorways last year and 14 per cent were recorded travelling at 80 mph or more.
Mr Hammond has been pushing for the higher limit for several months, but has faced resistance from Liberal Democrat ministers.
As part of a compromise deal between the Coalition parties, the Government will also expand the use of 20mph zones in many urban areas.'

Big society? Nah, big brother!
[quote][p][bold]Plebeian[/bold] wrote: Seriously, since when has a commercial organisation had the right to change speed limits?[/p][/quote]Since big business took over the running of our country in 2010... Quote: 'Under the new plans more roads in built-up areas will be reduced to a 20mph limit. The plans will be presented as part of the Coalition’s attempts to boost the economy, with ministers arguing that shorter journeys on major roads will help businesses. The plans will be confirmed by Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, at next week’s Conservative conference. He will present the move as a boost to British business. He will also point out that the new rule simply brings the law into line with the reality on the roads. According to the Department for Transport statistics show that half of cars exceeded the 70 mph limit on motorways last year and 14 per cent were recorded travelling at 80 mph or more. Mr Hammond has been pushing for the higher limit for several months, but has faced resistance from Liberal Democrat ministers. As part of a compromise deal between the Coalition parties, the Government will also expand the use of 20mph zones in many urban areas.' Big society? Nah, big brother! karlmarx
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