Concerns over Asda plan
Published: 24 Aug 2012 13:003 comments
PLANS for a £20 million Asda store in Greenock could cause traffic problems and cost jobs elsewhere in Inverclyde, opponents fear.
The Tele exclusively revealed earlier this month how the supermarket giants want to build a superstore in the town's west end, creating 300 new jobs plus 200 posts in the construction phase.
Land just off Brougham Street has been earmarked for the new 35,000 sq ft shop, with the proposed store planned for a Clydeport-owned site between Robertson Street and Campbell Street.
But a meeting of local residents this week heard concerns that the new jobs may simply replace others lost as a result of the development, while traffic fears were also highlighted.
One resident said: "This shop could cause serious traffic problems in the west end but also on the main road through Greenock where it goes along Brougham Street.
"There are delays there at peak times, and these could get worse.
"It's also feared that if fewer people visit Tesco in Dalrymple Street, this could result in less visitors going across the road to the Oak Mall and have an impact on shops in there.
"There are also worries about the fact that Asda's car park would be on the roof, looking into the windows of nearby homes."
Asda have started a full consultation about their proposed store and say that they are keen to gather as many views as possible, ahead of a planning application being submitted later this year.
A spokeswoman said: "Asda held a drop-in session last week to outline our proposals for Greenock to those living closest to the proposed site.
"We were pleased many local residents attended the session to give us their views.
"We are currently considering all the comments that were submitted to us and these will help to inform our plans.
"We plan to then hold wider community consultation events in October to give as many people as possible the opportunity to view and provide feedback on our plans.
"We believe that our proposals can bring many benefits to the area by regenerating the site, creating more choice and creating new employment opportunities.
"We also want to be a good neighbour, and will continue to seek feedback as our plans progress."