Sainsbury’s held two days of public exhibitions over the weekend (10 and 11 February) in order to hear the views of local residents on proposals for a new supermarket on the former Hundreds Farm site.
A new Sainsbury’s in Westgate-on-Sea would improve main food shopping choice locally, create new jobs and provide an alternative for people who currently travel away from the area to visit a supermarket. The proposals would also include a brand new signal controlled junction together with a new entrance/exit to the store car park from Canterbury Road to provide safe access for shoppers travelling to the store by car.
The sessions were attended by over 250 local residents who had the opportunity to view the proposals, discuss issues and leave their comments. Whilst a number of concerns were raised regarding the development, many visitors agreed that the store would increase local supermarket choice and save them the time and cost of travelling away from Westgate-on-Sea to do their main food shop.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said “We are keen to listen to what local people have to say about the proposals. It was great that so many people turned out to give us their views. Public consultation through exhibitions and websites is a key part of our programme in advance of a planning application.”
Sainsbury’s is now in the process of collating the feedback from the exhibition and from the website. The comments received from members of the public will form a report which will be a key part of the planning application.
For further information, please contact Sainsbury’s community information line on 0845 602 1151, email email@example.com or view the proposals online at www.sainsburys-westgateonsea.co.uk.