defends its plans for Highbridge store after traders raise concerns
has this week defended its plans to build a new supermarket in Highbridge
despite town councillors opposing its proposals.
first reported here by
Burnham-On-Sea.com, councillors are concerned that the proposed
store in Bennetts Road will severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge
following concerns raised by the Chamber of Trade and a petition
signed by 62 businsses.
an Aldi spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We consulted
local people before submitting a planning application and the responses
highlighted that the vast majority of the local community are delighted
to hear an Aldi could soon be opening near them."
"An Aldi store would represent a multi-million pound investment
in Highbridge, providing more shopping choice and making shopping
and saving easier for local people, who currently travel to other
Aldi store will assist in retaining expenditure in the local area
that is currently being spent outside the district. This will have
significant added benefits for the area, including reducing the
need to travel further afield."
"Aldi stores are a modest scale and provide a limited product
range, so compared with most supermarkets, who have separate butcher
and bakery counters etc., ALDI is not a one stop shop.
Aldi's offer complements rather than competes with existing local
shops and services. In fact, a new Aldi often improves an area,
attracting more shoppers for the benefit of all nearby businesses."
"The proposed Aldi site has been allocated for development
for some time, but nothing has been forthcoming to date. The Aldi
proposal will facilitate bringing the site into beneficial economic
proposals are currently out for consultation and will be ultimately
be decided by Sedgemoor District Council.