We’ve received the following email from a chap called Chris Sanders in Hertfordshire, which we publish with his agreement:
I was looking at your onlinefocus.org web site the other day about information on the Asda store you have in Rayleigh. Asda are proposing to build an edge of centre store (36,000 sqft) in Ware in Hertfordshire. I am against the proposal since I think it will severely impact the trade in Ware town centre. The store will be situated 500m from the town centre, car parking (290 spaces) will be beneath the store and you will enter it via a travelator which I think will discourage people from going into town.
I would like to hear about your experiences with the Asda store. How big is the store? How close to the town? how many parking spaces and employees does it have? Would you say it is a good neighbour? I see that you have reported issues with loss of trade can you elaborate on that and also out of hours deliveries. The proposed store is surrounded by residential properties and we feel this will have a serious impact on our lives especially with out of hour deliveries and traffic congestion.
Dr Chris Sanders
Anybody want to leave some comments???
By the way, you can see what Dr Sanders is concerned about here.