Business group backs traders over Progress Road, Eastwood, Lidl plan

Nora Goodman backs the Lidl bid

Nora Goodman backs the Lidl bid

First published in News by , Senior reporter

A BUSINESS group has lodged a formal objection to plans to build a Lidl supermarket in Eastwood, claiming it would cause job losses.

The Federation of Small Businesses says Southend Council should throw out Lidl’s second bid to build a store on the former Safestore site, in Progress Road.

If the plans go ahead, the adjoining Essex Timber wood yard would be closed and the site sold off and close, with a loss of 14 jobs.

Southend Council rejected Lidl’s original supermarket plans for the site last year, citing concerns about lost of industrial land and an increase in traffic problems in the already-congested area.

Lidl has now applied for a revised design, which would offer some commercial office space above the supermarket.

Jane Turley, secretary of Essex Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Local business owners are greatly concerned about the future of their businesses.

“They have come to us and asked for help, and we are only too pleased to give it.

“Growth in locally-owned businesses is the route to successful local economies, and protecting and encouraging them is not only a founding principle of our federation, but should be at the core of the ethos of Southend Council’s planning policies.

“That is why the bureau has formally objected to the proposals to tear down the Essex Timber site, put 14 people out of work and build a discount food store in its place.”

Raife Clarke, owner of Essex Timber, welcomed news of the bureau’s support.

He said: “This just shows how important it is for small businesses.

"The application is, essentially, the same as it was before, when it was rejected.”

Robert Byford, owner of Byford’s Food Hall, in Eastwood Old Road, said: “We had over 700 people sign a petition against the plan. It is not in the right place, as there would be too much traffic on that corner.

“We need industrial land and putting the offices on top of the supermarket would only add to the traffic problems.”

However, former Southend Mayor Nora Goodman, who is also chairman of Eastwood Residents’ Association is a strong supporter of the scheme.

She said: “I don’t know anyone who is against Lidl. All the residents here want it to open.”

Lidl declined to comment, but said it would be making a statement this week.

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10:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

DCLEIGH says...

If the Business Group can explain why they want to block the introduction of a Which? magazine winning supermarket and keep their food prices high and their profits even higher.....How much lobbying to the council's planning committee has brought about the decision to stop the low price supermarket coming to a site near hard working families struggling to keep food costs down in the fight against the (greater than) cost of living hikes from other retailers, energy suppliers and other privatised industries
If the Business Group can explain why they want to block the introduction of a Which? magazine winning supermarket and keep their food prices high and their profits even higher.....How much lobbying to the council's planning committee has brought about the decision to stop the low price supermarket coming to a site near hard working families struggling to keep food costs down in the fight against the (greater than) cost of living hikes from other retailers, energy suppliers and other privatised industries DCLEIGH
  • Score: 8

10:14am Mon 24 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
If the Business Group can explain why they want to block the introduction of a Which? magazine winning supermarket and keep their food prices high and their profits even higher.....How much lobbying to the council's planning committee has brought about the decision to stop the low price supermarket coming to a site near hard working families struggling to keep food costs down in the fight against the (greater than) cost of living hikes from other retailers, energy suppliers and other privatised industries
Nora is on the case, she likes a bargain and knows a bargain when she sees it.
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: If the Business Group can explain why they want to block the introduction of a Which? magazine winning supermarket and keep their food prices high and their profits even higher.....How much lobbying to the council's planning committee has brought about the decision to stop the low price supermarket coming to a site near hard working families struggling to keep food costs down in the fight against the (greater than) cost of living hikes from other retailers, energy suppliers and other privatised industries[/p][/quote]Nora is on the case, she likes a bargain and knows a bargain when she sees it. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

10:39am Mon 24 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Is that business group made up of Asda Tesco Sainsbury's and Waitrose?
Is that business group made up of Asda Tesco Sainsbury's and Waitrose? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

10:46am Mon 24 Mar 14

andy:) says...

I dont understand the bit about the Timber yard being forced to close, have Lidl somehow got a compulsary purchase order ?, this would be most unusual.

Any loss of jobs would be surely compensated for extra jobs created, although granted thay may not be high skilled jobs.

Its far to easy for companies/people to cry 'loss of jobs' traffic congestion' when anything new is suggested, but thats not really good enough, we live in the heavily populated south east, it is a popular place to live and do buisness for obvious reasons, is it really fair for a small group of nimbys to oppose new ventures ?, I'd say not unless there are very strong reasons, the stopping of the havens hospice on green belt is a strong enough one in my opinion.

All the Lidl plan is doing is turning one type of business into another, something I suspect may be popular with local shoppers.
I dont understand the bit about the Timber yard being forced to close, have Lidl somehow got a compulsary purchase order ?, this would be most unusual. Any loss of jobs would be surely compensated for extra jobs created, although granted thay may not be high skilled jobs. Its far to easy for companies/people to cry 'loss of jobs' traffic congestion' when anything new is suggested, but thats not really good enough, we live in the heavily populated south east, it is a popular place to live and do buisness for obvious reasons, is it really fair for a small group of nimbys to oppose new ventures ?, I'd say not unless there are very strong reasons, the stopping of the havens hospice on green belt is a strong enough one in my opinion. All the Lidl plan is doing is turning one type of business into another, something I suspect may be popular with local shoppers. andy:)
  • Score: 8

8:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

raifecl says...

andy
are you, as well as all the others who have commented on this blind, the timber company is a british company employing local people which is growing fast they pay taxes lidl dont , they pay proper wages, lidl dont, they will employ and support many businesses in the locality,lidl wont, southend needs new small start up businesses that create jobs and wealth for the community lidl wont put any of their profits back in to the uk let alone the local community. yes it will create a store that you can all walk to and get your 30p can of german baked beans, but it will be at the cost of many smaller retailers that have supported the loical community for many years, eastwood news has finally had to close due to the tesco extra over the road zb news is extremely concerned as well as the londis on joneses corner that they will have to close should Lidl be allowed to open. eastwood news employed 7 newspaper delivery people these all lost their jobs. zb news also gives this important service to the local community ,Lidl dont. but i suppose you are like all the others in favour of this store , you dont actually live in eastwood.
wake up and support british business or well have none left.
andy are you, as well as all the others who have commented on this blind, the timber company is a british company employing local people which is growing fast they pay taxes lidl dont , they pay proper wages, lidl dont, they will employ and support many businesses in the locality,lidl wont, southend needs new small start up businesses that create jobs and wealth for the community lidl wont put any of their profits back in to the uk let alone the local community. yes it will create a store that you can all walk to and get your 30p can of german baked beans, but it will be at the cost of many smaller retailers that have supported the loical community for many years, eastwood news has finally had to close due to the tesco extra over the road zb news is extremely concerned as well as the londis on joneses corner that they will have to close should Lidl be allowed to open. eastwood news employed 7 newspaper delivery people these all lost their jobs. zb news also gives this important service to the local community ,Lidl dont. but i suppose you are like all the others in favour of this store , you dont actually live in eastwood. wake up and support british business or well have none left. raifecl
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