reactions to plans for new Aldi store in Highbridge
to build a new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge are attracting support
from residents and ongoing opposition from some local businesses.
first reported here,
town councillors and businesses are concerned that the proposed
store in Bennetts Road will severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge.
have been raised by the Chamber of Trade, supported by a petition
signed by 62 local businesses.
many residents have been writing to the district council in support
of the scheme.
Graham Hardes, says: "This store will be a great asset to the
people of the local area and give them more choice of where to shop."
Walker added: "Due to the rapid expansion of the population,
Highbridge needs this store and others like it."
Nutting says: "As a long-term resident, I have recently witnessed
a huge increase in affordable accommodation being built all around
the area which has massively increased the population of Highbridge
and I think it is essential for more shops to open in this area,
especially a store that offers such a reasonable priced shopping
experience. I and many of my friends will be extremely disappointed
if Aldi are not given the go-ahead."
Harrison adds: "This would be a welcome development for Burnham
and Highbridge residents - I have to travel to Weston or Bridgwater
to visit Aldi which is a shame as while I'm there I visit the other
shops in that town instead."
Blyth-Squires added that she believes the store would create "more
employment, more choice, and would develop an areas that has been
an eyesore for far too long - and bring more trade to the area."
Allen at the Bristol Bridge Inn added: "I think the store should
go ahead. Aldi offer good quality goods at reasonable prices. It
does not seem to make much difference to businesses in other areas,
and I think the same will apply here. Competition is good for the
proposals are currently out for consultation until February 14th
and will then ultimately be decided by Sedgemoor District Council.
own research indicates that Lidl in Burnham could lose 19.4% of
its trade due to the proposed new store on the Isleport Industrial
Aldi's research also shows that existing Burnham town centre stores
that sell competing goods may lose 7.3% of their trade, threatening
the viability of the town centre, it's claimed, which has already
suffered a decline in footfall since the closure of Morrisons in
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