Following the death of our founder Martin Crumpton the remaining members of KLS have decided to close down. This site will remain here until the subscription runs out but will not be maintained. Mike Edwards will continue to run the Buy Local group (find him on Facebook) and we are pleased to note that other initiatives such as the Town Council’s involvement with Cittaslow and Robyn Lovelock’s Food Assembly will continue to promote localism.
We started off four years ago campaigning against a supermarket development
on the edge of town. We pointed out, having spent ages studying the application
and other data, that was no need for it and that if it opened far from
‘creating jobs’ as promised it would simply take trade from existing shops and
reduce employment overall. We lost, the planners caved in and it is now built.
Sainsburys who commissioned it have signed a 25 year lease deal with the
finance company who bought it off the developer, but have now realised that
there is no demand for it so have no plans to open it. The carpark, which they
promised the planning dept would be free for 2 hours even if you weren’t
shopping at Sainsbury is closed ‘for insurance reasons’ because the building
has no tenant (though it does have a security guard 24/7).
Sainsburys PR people say they are looking for another tenant but cannot
comment until negotiations are complete. Aldi seems favourite, but the
building is twice the size of any of their stores so it seems they’d have to
partition it, make a new entrance (which will need planning permission) and
find another tenant that doesn’t compete with Aldi.
Total cock-up by all concerned and now we have a big ugly empty shed and a
barricaded carpark. In an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The county
council and our local councillors in particular who both promoted the idea and
ridiculed our protests should be ashamed, but they aren’t.
Remember this at the next local election.