Williton supermarket to be discussed in June

Protesters in Williton last year.

Protesters in Williton last year.

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PARISH councillors in Williton will be debating controversial plans for a new supermarket and retail development in the village in June.

David Gliddon, a local businessman in the village has produced redrawn plans for a supermarket.

The development also includes a number of smaller shops and office units, residential accommodation, a mini roundabout, 175-space car park and a pedestrian link to the village centre.

West Somerset Council threw out the original plans for the proposal on Bank Street last year.

Williton Parish Council opposed first time round however a sub-committee of councillors has been set up to look at the latest plans.

A list of recommendations will be debated by the full council at its monthly meeting on June 2.

Keep Williton Special has opened a petition against Mr Gliddon’s plans, as reported in last week’s County Gazette, but now a petition has been launched online in favour of the new supermarket.

The petition – ‘We are for Williton Supermarket’ – was launched on GoPetition on May 6 and so far 114 people have signed it.

The petition reads: “This is the second attempt for proposals of a new supermarket and other retail outlets in Williton.

“We have a new hospital, new council offices and new housing, but the retail development has never changed and Williton needs to grow with the times or it will become a dormitory village.

“Nobody wants this. “Every week something else closes or is under threat of closure and it’s time to move on.

“We need expansion and we need jobs.”

You can find the petition in favour of the supermarket at www.gopetition.com/petitions/we-are-4-willitonsupermarket/signatures.html.

Posters and leaflets can be found around the village if you wish to register your objections to the plans.

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4:54pm Sat 17 May 14

Freetalk says...

Let's hope for the people of Williton this goes ahead this time.
Let's look at what's best for the village this time.
Let's hope for the people of Williton this goes ahead this time. Let's look at what's best for the village this time. Freetalk
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12:40pm Mon 19 May 14

littlemisstidy says...

How does anyone realistically expect a 'supermarket' to pay its way !

There are only so many people in the area all it would achieve is the decline of the present businesses resulting in more closures.

Mr Gliddon simply wants his own way at all costs, does he really care about dividing village opinion and all the misery that is bringing about ?

The layout of Williton village is fine as it is, not everything is improved by change.

Somewhere along the line but sad to say, money will no doubt colour the judgement on whether this plan is granted or not.
How does anyone realistically expect a 'supermarket' to pay its way ! There are only so many people in the area all it would achieve is the decline of the present businesses resulting in more closures. Mr Gliddon simply wants his own way at all costs, does he really care about dividing village opinion and all the misery that is bringing about ? The layout of Williton village is fine as it is, not everything is improved by change. Somewhere along the line but sad to say, money will no doubt colour the judgement on whether this plan is granted or not. littlemisstidy
  • Score: -2

11:22pm Mon 19 May 14

Freetalk says...

It would mean we wouldn't have to drive to Minehead or Taunton to do a big shop.
Less traffic on the road etc etc.
And a new bakers has just opened that's the COOP selling bread Spar selling bread and now a baker, looks like more than one shop can survive.
It would mean we wouldn't have to drive to Minehead or Taunton to do a big shop. Less traffic on the road etc etc. And a new bakers has just opened that's the COOP selling bread Spar selling bread and now a baker, looks like more than one shop can survive. Freetalk
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