Supermarket is ‘unwanted’

Madam,

In reply to your writer P Cook of Heanor

P Cook asks if there is a body who can investigate the impact of the Morrisons build?

This was asked for way back at the full council meeting in September, by one of the Labour councillors. She also asked if this land was to be sold, would the money from the sale be ring-fenced for Ripley to counterbalance any damage another out-of-town supermarket would do to the town?

The Tories voted against that and being the majority this motion was lost. There is a way of getting the assessment done but as yet we have not heard if this will be done.

But even if they did, it would be to no avail. A ‘Retail Survey’ in 2011 stated that Ripley needs no more supermarkets. This is being totally ignored.

I bought this issue up in my last speech at the town hall.

I said that I had come to speak on behalf of Amber Valley SOS, representing the people of Amber Valley, against the temporary permission to transfer the sports recreational area onto the agricultural land at Greenwich.

The reason we are objecting is that if the transfer is permitted the Amber Valley Borough Council land will then get permission for the Morrisons, the unwanted, un-needed superstore on Greenwich under the pretext of getting the long awaited bypass,

After our walk out on March 28 from the full council meeting over public speaking issues, it was reportedly said that if we are for the bypass, but against the Morrisons build, then we are hypocrites.

It appears to be being said that we should all be grateful that the council is funding this link road. However, this is, in our opinion, deliberately misleading the public. Derbyshire County Council will have the ultimate say as to whether the road is feasible or not, as it is they who would provide the bulk of the funding.

Yes, Amber Valley can assist by providing some financial contribution towards the cost of the road, but given that a ‘Codnor bypass’ had been costed out at £33 million (according to a SABRE Forum in 2006), this would now stand to be considerably more today.

In 2010, The then leader of Ripley Town Council, Juliette Blake, quite rightly flagged up concerns that money for the new road might run out, after the first part of the bypass was built and if only the first section of the bypass was completed, then that would lead to traffic chaos in Codnor.

It was added at the borough council meeting that the plan would only become eligible for Government financial assistance in 2019/2020, which means if the first part of the bypass is built, the second part would not be available until well after the 2020 mark, leaving Codnor in a hell hole of traffic for at least eight years.

It is also our opinion that the rules about public speaking issues at council meetings display a level of arrogance and complacency that the public find almost impossible to comprehend. I hope this clears this up for P Cook.

S Mason

Representing Amber Valley SOS

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