Weston reacts to MP's fear town's economic rebirth will be 'harder to achieve' if Government lets Cribbs Causeway expansion go ahead
PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 November 2017
'Weston-super-Mare's economic rebirth could be harder to achieve' if an expansion of Bristol's Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre is allowed by the Government, according to MP John Penrose.
A 50 per cent expansion of Cribbs was approved by South Gloucestershire Council last year, but the Government has called the plans in for further review.
And Mr Penrose believes the development would have a detrimental impact on Weston’s businesses, calling on the Planning Inspectorate to deny planning permission.
He said: “North Somerset Council, local businesses and many others have put in huge amounts of work to draw investment to our town and attract new visitors as part of Weston’s regeneration.
“Local businesses, both new and established, are telling me a bigger Cribbs will sap trade away and give outside investors a reason to second guess Weston as the place to set up shop. We can’t let that happen.”
Many people took to Mercury’s social media page to share their view.
Ricki Burrows said: “Cribbs prides itself on 6,000 free parking spaces, one has to wonder how Weston can compete with that.
“This expansion will affect Cabot Circus and Bath’s Southgate, but they have somewhere nice to shop unlike us poor souls.”
James Gilmore commented: “There are no quality shops in Weston to compete with anyway, they all left years ago.
“If you want tat, coffee or second-hand clothes and goods then Weston is the place to go.”
Graham Morrisey wrote: “Weston needs to lower its expectations and provide good-quality local amenities that people want to use.
“Maybe encourage boutique shops, butchers, and farm produce instead. Maybe take a look at what Weston had 40 or 50 years ago and create a modern version.”
Dave Pritchard said: “I bet Cribbs is shaking in its boots about the new Dolphin Square taking business from them. Weston wouldn’t need to be reborn if they hadn’t killed it in the first place.”
Heather Taylor wrote: “How can it hurt Weston’s businesses? They don’t have charity shops at Cribbs do they?”