News that supermarket giant Tesco is still interested in building a store in Belper has led to a flood of letters and emails from readers.
Opinion is divided on whether the scheme is right for the town. Those opposed, cite the potential knock-on effects for the high street and traffic issues.
Others have told the News the new store would add to choice for consumers and felt it would not hit trade in the town.
The News wants to offer a forum for debate on what is a very important issue for Belper. We want you to let us know what you think and aim to publish as many views as possible in the newspaper and on our website at www.belpernews.co.uk.
Reader Judith Allen told us: “The empty shop units and reduced shopper choice on the high streets in Heanor, Matlock and Alfreton show very well what impact an edge of town superstore development has.”
Robert Steel, of Crown Terrace, said: “It looks like the town is participating in its own destruction by going along with this crazy project.”
Sue Glover said: “Belper people have made their views known and do not want a ‘Tesco town’.”
Dave Buttery, of Pingle Lane, said he felt “the addition of a Tesco would benefit Belper and our area”.
Ross Head, of Findern Close, said: “The sooner Tesco come to Belper the better. More choice. Redevelopment of Derwent Street, which is a disgrace at the present time.”
Andy Minion, from the action group Belper Against Tesco, said that letters to the Belper News did not necessarily reflect the town’s real view, which he estimated to be 70 per cent against a large Tesco.