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Reader's letter: Concerned over supermarket plan

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Sainsburys is seeking permission to build a supermarket on the edge of Southwell. They say it will be good for the town ­— I wonder, will it?

Could it take something away from its centre?

Many years ago someone said “there are lies, damn lies and statistics.” I was cynical reading that 75% of Southwell residents shop outside the town.

Southwell is a thriving market town with a council that has its best interests of the town.

It has a wealth of varied independent shops much enjoyed by many visitors.

Sainsbury’s and Argos “click and collect” have access to a huge range of products, some of which may impact the towns independent shops.

Can the shops compete and survive? I don’t know, but it would be sad if some outlets were forced to close because of the sheer selling power of companies like Sainsburys invading our green spaces.

Even if the town council says no to the plans, it will go to Newark and Sherwood District Council. Unlike the town council, this committee has little or no affinity with Southwell.

Having lived in the lovely town for nearly 40 years I shall continue to shop where I have always shopped.

Please remember that the last devastating 18 months have seen us still fed and watered by loyal staff at food outlets in the town. Every day they have risked their health and they have been nothing short of superb.

It would be sad to see Southwell lose some of it’s vibrancy and attractiveness.

There is an old adage “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” I would add another: “Be careful what you wish for.” ­— K. ANDERSON, Southwell.

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