Mayor urged to take stand on supermarket proposal

December 31 2012

Bishopston councillors are calling on Bristol’s new Mayor, George Ferguson, to “put his money where his mouth is” and back their fight to stop Sainsbury’s building a massive superstore in Filton Avenue.

Mayor urged to take stand on supermarket proposal

Bishopston councillors are calling on Bristol’s new Mayor, George Ferguson, to “put his money where his mouth is” and back their fight to stop Sainsbury’s building a massive superstore in Filton Avenue. Artist's impression of the proposed Sainsbury's

Hundreds of local residents have told Liberal Democrats Bev Knott and David Willingham that they are opposed to the scheme for Bristol Rovers’ current home ground, the Mem.

They say the proposed supermarket would be far too big and would cause traffic chaos in the area.

Mr Ferguson spoke to Bristol Civic Society about the effect major stores have on local communities just after his election in November.

According to the Society’s website, the Mayor said he wanted Bristolians to come forward with ideas “on how the government and its traders can be firmer against larger supermarkets looking to move in to places where they may cause more harm than good”.

Councillor Knott said: “We believe Sainsbury’s current plans will do more harm than good to a whole swathe of north Bristol.

“There has been an impact assessment done for the planners, which shows independent traders will be devastated by this scheme, not just in nearby Gloucester Road, but as far away as Whiteladies Road.

“David and I were delighted to see George’s remarks about supermarkets.

“He clearly understands our position and we are urging him now to throw his political weight behind our campaign and help us win.

"We know he can't make planning decisions himself, but he has a strong position on supermarkets and we urge him to take a stand on behalf of our worried local community and shopkeepers.That's what he was elected for."