Single vote sinks Lidl's Eastwood store plans

Artist's impression - How the store could have looked

Artist's impression - How the store could have looked

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Eastwood have been thrown out by councillors – by a single vote.

Southend Council’s development control committee turned down the proposal, for a large store on the corner of Progress Road and Rayleigh Road, by seven votes to six.

Planners had recommended refusal for the plans, suggesting the store would be out of keeping with the surrounding area.

The new store would have replaced the derelict former Safestore warehouse and part of Essex Timber and Plywood’s neighbouring yard, creating 40 jobs. But it would have meant the closure of the timber yard with the loss of 14 jobs.

After the vote, Essex Timber and Plywood’s owner, Ray Clarke, said: “We are very happy for our customers and for builders in the area.

“People know what service they are going to get with us and that is proper advice.”

During the debate, Chris Walker (Con, Eastwood Park) claimed 15 shops near the site would suffer if the Lidl store opened. He said: “Local shops cannot make a living selling cigarettes, newspapers and a few sweets, so they sell groceries, too.

“They are still struggling now, so a new supermarket would not be a good idea.”

The council turned down previous supermarket plans for the site, hoping rival plans for a mini-business park plan would keep industrial jobs on the site.

Lidl’s planning agent Nick Hardy spoke at the meeting, highlighting the fact 210 people had written, supporting the scheme, while just 83 letters of objection had been received Ted Lewin (Lib Dem, St Laurence) backed Lidl, which had pledged to give the council £25,000 to help redesign the Progress Road/Rayleigh Road junction to ease traffic problems.

He said: “Many residents want to see Lidl in there and are very upset at the refusal.

“It is only on grounds of design.

“Visually, opposite the site is nothing but a load of brick, so I would suggest the design of the Lidl is much more acceptable.”

Fellow councillors Mike Assenheim and Ron Woodley, also backed the plan and voted in favour.

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1:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Phew, that was close, oh well, now we can increase the prices next week, as planned.
Phew, that was close, oh well, now we can increase the prices next week, as planned. CarnMountification
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Too close for comfort - really don't nee another supermarket in the area. Hope Lidl don.t go to appeal.
Too close for comfort - really don't nee another supermarket in the area. Hope Lidl don.t go to appeal. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: -13

1:19pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

All those residents that want to see a Lidl there know who not to vote for next council elections then...
All those residents that want to see a Lidl there know who not to vote for next council elections then... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

1:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

Essex Timber and Plywood - I propose a boycott.
And I hope the residents of Eastwood will make their feeling clear at the next Election.
Essex Timber and Plywood - I propose a boycott. And I hope the residents of Eastwood will make their feeling clear at the next Election. supermadmax
  • Score: 16

3:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

emcee says...

This is a bit of a travesty. Something the locals actually want and the council turn it down. And how can it not be keeping with the area? It''s right on the edge of a tatty industrial area, accross the road from residents who want the Lidl there.
Good grief, how much negative lobbying has gone on with this decision and how many promises have been made to the councillors who objected?
I hope Lidl appeal because of all the options for this site, Lidl is far and above the best for the community.
This is a bit of a travesty. Something the locals actually want and the council turn it down. And how can it not be keeping with the area? It''s right on the edge of a tatty industrial area, accross the road from residents who want the Lidl there. Good grief, how much negative lobbying has gone on with this decision and how many promises have been made to the councillors who objected? I hope Lidl appeal because of all the options for this site, Lidl is far and above the best for the community. emcee
  • Score: 15

3:22pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

a 'day rover' to westcliff ALDI it is then....
a 'day rover' to westcliff ALDI it is then.... pembury53
  • Score: 11

3:37pm Mon 14 Apr 14

rayleigh123 says...

Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ????????????????
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Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ???????????????? . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Mon 14 Apr 14

beppo1 says...

That aging Mr Pastry in the Echo of Friday must have been the one vote! Does he do his shopping at local expensive shops like all the others who voted against? . Could the 15 local shops be named? About time they had some competition! And do they include the 7 takeaways at Jones Corner and the 5 at Eastwood Rise? If we can have all those why not one decent supermarket. Fine if you are a car driver but what about everyone else. Buses to Tesco,Prince Ave and to Leigh and Westcliff were taken off.I suppose there will always be some excuse!
That aging Mr Pastry in the Echo of Friday must have been the one vote! Does he do his shopping at local expensive shops like all the others who voted against? . Could the 15 local shops be named? About time they had some competition! And do they include the 7 takeaways at Jones Corner and the 5 at Eastwood Rise? If we can have all those why not one decent supermarket. Fine if you are a car driver but what about everyone else. Buses to Tesco,Prince Ave and to Leigh and Westcliff were taken off.I suppose there will always be some excuse! beppo1
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

beppo1 wrote:
That aging Mr Pastry in the Echo of Friday must have been the one vote! Does he do his shopping at local expensive shops like all the others who voted against? . Could the 15 local shops be named? About time they had some competition! And do they include the 7 takeaways at Jones Corner and the 5 at Eastwood Rise? If we can have all those why not one decent supermarket. Fine if you are a car driver but what about everyone else. Buses to Tesco,Prince Ave and to Leigh and Westcliff were taken off.I suppose there will always be some excuse!
the dozen takeaways are doing brisk trade..... high fat/salt diets are as popular as ever round there.....
[quote][p][bold]beppo1[/bold] wrote: That aging Mr Pastry in the Echo of Friday must have been the one vote! Does he do his shopping at local expensive shops like all the others who voted against? . Could the 15 local shops be named? About time they had some competition! And do they include the 7 takeaways at Jones Corner and the 5 at Eastwood Rise? If we can have all those why not one decent supermarket. Fine if you are a car driver but what about everyone else. Buses to Tesco,Prince Ave and to Leigh and Westcliff were taken off.I suppose there will always be some excuse![/p][/quote]the dozen takeaways are doing brisk trade..... high fat/salt diets are as popular as ever round there..... pembury53
  • Score: 4

4:22pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ????????????????
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Brown envelopes in transit as we comment...
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ???????????????? . .[/p][/quote]Brown envelopes in transit as we comment... CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Ignoring the residents yet again. Roll on May elections ! We will show them who is supposed to be listened to.
Try again lidl - do NOT give up. We want you.
Ignoring the residents yet again. Roll on May elections ! We will show them who is supposed to be listened to. Try again lidl - do NOT give up. We want you. jolllyboy
  • Score: 9

4:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

runwellian says...

CarnMountification wrote:
rayleigh123 wrote:
Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ????????????????
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Brown envelopes in transit as we comment...
They provide cheaper and better quality food that all the big name supermarkets whose staff are down right rude!

At the very least I am please to see the big supermarkets being challenged and about time time too. We have been ripped off long enough by the big stores so lets have more Lid's and Aldi's, then when the big stores close down they can a take over!

As for the wood yard, surely more folk coming to the area is likely to increase your own custom?
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Who anyone take a small wager with me that this Lidl's will be finished and trading by the end of next year ???????????????? . .[/p][/quote]Brown envelopes in transit as we comment...[/p][/quote]They provide cheaper and better quality food that all the big name supermarkets whose staff are down right rude! At the very least I am please to see the big supermarkets being challenged and about time time too. We have been ripped off long enough by the big stores so lets have more Lid's and Aldi's, then when the big stores close down they can a take over! As for the wood yard, surely more folk coming to the area is likely to increase your own custom? runwellian
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Devils Advocate says...

That just goes to show you. The councillors think the current vista is more in keeping with the area?
Lots of small shops sell food at exorbitant prices, you have to check very closely the sell by dates as well. It seems now that our MP's and local Councillors only do what their superiors tell them. Here in Basildon Our council ignored totally the wishes of the populace around our parks, and our MP's favourite stock answer to ticklish questions is "Well I am satisfied with the new proposals, so will be voting with my Government!" Who are they supposed to be representing? Not the electorate that is for sure! Fight your council to the last man, make them listen to your wishes and if all else fails ask Lidl if they would care to build the store by Basildon Town Centre. It will never be out-of-place here!
That just goes to show you. The councillors think the current vista is more in keeping with the area? Lots of small shops sell food at exorbitant prices, you have to check very closely the sell by dates as well. It seems now that our MP's and local Councillors only do what their superiors tell them. Here in Basildon Our council ignored totally the wishes of the populace around our parks, and our MP's favourite stock answer to ticklish questions is "Well I am satisfied with the new proposals, so will be voting with my Government!" Who are they supposed to be representing? Not the electorate that is for sure! Fight your council to the last man, make them listen to your wishes and if all else fails ask Lidl if they would care to build the store by Basildon Town Centre. It will never be out-of-place here! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

It's all well and good the local business's asking people to support them but at the end of the day it comes down to finances. As much as I love small business's and wish them every success, the long and the short of it is if people can buy the same item cheaper elsewhere then who am I or anyone to argue.
The application denial with such punitive grounds just means the tax payer will again have to fork out fighting the appeal which ultimately Lidle will win.
It's all well and good the local business's asking people to support them but at the end of the day it comes down to finances. As much as I love small business's and wish them every success, the long and the short of it is if people can buy the same item cheaper elsewhere then who am I or anyone to argue. The application denial with such punitive grounds just means the tax payer will again have to fork out fighting the appeal which ultimately Lidle will win. iknowbetter
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

I did a shop at Lidl's today, at Hadleigh. I spent £44 and had a trolley load of good healthy food, with lots of salad and veg - and theirs are always lovely and well presented.

There was a whole range of condiments for the recipes I am trying out and a wide choice of meats, cheeses and things like packet rice for snacks.

Their items are low priced but the fresh food is always fresh and now they have an excellent bakery too.

They have a selection of household items and sometimes clothes, bedding and towels. All are inexpensive but good quality,

Lidl's I'm afraid, is beating our indigenous supermarkets and is the best thing to come out of Germany.

People on a budget will always shop where it's cheap and even though Lidl's is a budget supermarket it doesn't have that cheap feeling about it. The people seem to be from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and when I was there, the place was absolutely thriving.

The naysayers have turned down a great opportunity for the people of Rayleigh to shop at a more convenient location and to buy good quality produce.

I could understand it if the proposed site was right in the middle of green belt or on the doorsteps of the wealthy and affluent but let's face it, that area is already industrial/retail anyway.

I can think of far worse things to live next door to.
I did a shop at Lidl's today, at Hadleigh. I spent £44 and had a trolley load of good healthy food, with lots of salad and veg - and theirs are always lovely and well presented. There was a whole range of condiments for the recipes I am trying out and a wide choice of meats, cheeses and things like packet rice for snacks. Their items are low priced but the fresh food is always fresh and now they have an excellent bakery too. They have a selection of household items and sometimes clothes, bedding and towels. All are inexpensive but good quality, Lidl's I'm afraid, is beating our indigenous supermarkets and is the best thing to come out of Germany. People on a budget will always shop where it's cheap and even though Lidl's is a budget supermarket it doesn't have that cheap feeling about it. The people seem to be from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and when I was there, the place was absolutely thriving. The naysayers have turned down a great opportunity for the people of Rayleigh to shop at a more convenient location and to buy good quality produce. I could understand it if the proposed site was right in the middle of green belt or on the doorsteps of the wealthy and affluent but let's face it, that area is already industrial/retail anyway. I can think of far worse things to live next door to. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

#EPICFAIL
#EPICFAIL Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

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