Tesco’s proposals for a megastore in the town have prompted one of the biggest ever responses from readers of the Belper News.
Last week we told how emails and letters were pouring in to our offices expressing views on the issue, which seems to have split the town in two.
The flurry of opinion followed our exclusive front page which revealed Tesco bosses were still interested in the site and were poised to submit a planning application.
And the momentum has continued into this week – with the proposals now having generated one of the biggest responses ever to a local issue in the history of this newspaper.
We will be printing as many letters and articles as we can based on your views on this controversial issue. We will also be publishing as many of the letters and comments you send in full on our website at www.belpernews.co.uk, where you can also have your say.
We want you to continue sending in your views to make sure councillors who finally determine the plan are under no illusions about what the public’s opinion on the scheme is.
Among those against the plans is Bas Clarricotes. He said: “As has been proved at Matlock with Sainsbury’s opening there, which has decimated their shopping centre. Tesco is definitely not needed.
Also opposed is Denise Francis who said: “A Tesco store would not be in keeping with a world heritage site. Surely Belper is in a strong position to build on tourism rather then shopping at Tesco which can be done in Alfreton, Heanor or Clay Cross.”
Dave Wells, from Belper Against Tesco, said: “Belper cannot sustain a superstore without damaging the town centre.
“BATS is against any massive superstore, not just Tesco, and believe that we should ‘keep Belper special’.”
Some are in favour of the plans, citing extra employment and shopping choice.
Sue Morgan said: “I believe there is definitely room for another supermarket in the town to rival Morrisons. I also believe that there is more silent support than opposition to it and I look forward to its arrival.”
And James McNeill said: “In the current climate any company that want to invest in our area and create employment should be encouraged.”
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