petition aims to protect Burnham Morrisons site as a supermarket
of people in Burnham-On-Sea have signed a new petition calling
for the site of soon-to-close Morrisons store to be retained as
a supermarket rather than become flats or housing in the future.
store in Pier Street closes this Sunday (November 29th) as part
of a nationwide cost-cutting move by the firm, which the store
is no longer viable.
people signed the first petition asking for action to prevent
the loss of our town centre supermarket," organiser Gaynor
Brown told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "We now demand that the site
is retained as a full service supermarket."
council were of the opinion that this store was essential to the
sustainability of the town when it was first developed 25 years
huge expansion of the town since only augments that need and demand."
store provides vital jobs and footfall and perrmits the purchase
of a varied and healthy diet within walking distance of our homes.
It should not be redeveloped in any other format."
added: "The information we gather now form this petition
will be vital evidence for the planning inspectors in the event
of any future planning application for the development of the
site as flats or housing."
new petition can
be signed here and has been met by a positive response so
far, she said. "We took the new petition down to the store
on Saturday and collected over 300 signatures outside in just
over an hour despite the freezing weather. Lots of people still
didn't know about the closure and lots were very distressed about
how they will shop."
nearest alternative store, Lidl, is not a full-range supermarket
and Burnham's town centre shops don't sell the same products as
Morrisons at the same prices so some customers now face a £10
taxi fare to do their weekly shop."
petition can be signed at Morrisons and in several shops in Burnham
Morrisons has not issued any new statements on the closure despite
several requests from Burnham-On-Sea.com. The firm also said it
is not commenting on the number of staff being laid off, or the
number it has successfully redeployed to other stores.
Morrisons spokesperson said: "We have looked extremely carefully
at whether our store in Burnham-On-Sea can be turned around but
unfortunately we cannot see a way of making it viable."
decision comes despite a local campaign to try and save the store.
A petition was signed by around 2,400 people calling for the firm
to reconsider the closure.
protest was also held during a Town Council meeting where residents
and staff waved signs and called for action to save the store,
as pictured above.
announced earlier this autumn that 11 stores across the UK had
been earmarked for closure as part of the cost-cutting moves.
11 are Burnham-On-Sea, Castletown in Sunderland, Clevedon, Little
Hulton, Northallerton, Oldbury, Salford, Shildon, Streatham, Tyldesley
and West Bromwich.
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