Totally Opposed to New Kingsway Asda.
Living on Kingsway we are 5 minutes away by car and approximately ten minutes walking distance from a very large Tesco store and a substantial Aldi store. We also have a ‘Tesco Express’ in Kingsway for additional convenience and for extra choice we have Sainsbury’s situated approximately two miles away by car, not counting the village of Stonehouse appoximately five miles away with its lovely independent butchers and grocery stores etc; and yet we are ‘told’ we need another local store… Sheer lunacy!
And if residents in the area are so busy they cannot travel the 5 or so minutes to the nearest shop, they can always order it online and have it delivered to their door.
Councillor Anna Mozol tells us on the front of the latest Quedgeley News ‘it’s what the people of Quedgeley want’. I look forward to seeing the statistics from Ms. Mozol to back up her sweeping statement as I for one haven’t been asked to take part in any sort of survey on this matter.
As an educated business person I don’t much care for propaganda and am very much aware of Section 106 agreements, named after the relevant part of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1990, whereby according to The Guardian “big corporations / superstores can swing local support in their favour by offering to fund no end of sweeteners: libraries, public spaces, housing, even schools”!
I also query the comment made by City Councillor Andy Lewis in the latest Quedgeley News inferring that the Tesco Express based in Kingsway is so busy…. personally I have never had to queue when I have popped in and find this more than adequate. And what about the Kingsway Pharmacy and Café we have had to wait years for? I presume these small independants will be muscled out by the new Asda coffee shop and pharmacy?
In my opinion we will just be surrounded by more ‘low end stores’, which incidentally Mr. Andy Lewis does therefore not give me any more choice, (I refer to his comments regarding the area needing ‘more choice’ ) and I will still be travelling 25 minutes to my nearest M&S food store in Cheltenham and my alternative Waitrose isn’t any more conveniently located.
With regard to the nuisance this Asda superstore will inevitably cause I just hope I don’t see an Asda shopping trolley in my vicinity or have to wait in long queues to get access to my home off the A38 which is already a bottleneck at certain times of the day and as the one and only main feed off the A38 into Kingsway is not sufficient to take the growing volume of traffic purely generated by Kingsway at present.
I for one am not cheering this news. In my opinion this will just be another blot on the ever increasing landscape where the ‘big four’ supermarkets are taking over. Oh, and talking of landscapes I hope Asda stay true to their initial promises about making the area aesthetically pleasing and re-landscaping the main feeder roundabout; or will this be conveniently left until the end when they have run out of budget?
An unhappy Kingsway resident.