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Residents fight to save shops

Protesters objecting to the proposed Sainsburys at Valley Road, Hebden Bridge.

Protesters objecting to the proposed Sainsburys at Valley Road, Hebden Bridge.

A ‘disastrous’ proposed supermarket development has residents and shopkeepers worried about the loss of the ‘local feel’ of Hebden Bridge.

Concerned members of the ‘Save Our Shops’ campaign have been rallying since last year to stop the proposed Sainsbury’s supermarket being built on the former Hebden Bridge Fire Station site on Valley Road.

The £1.5 million proposal, submitted by Eshton Gregory (Hebden Bridge) Limited and Sainbury’s Supermarkets Limited has proposed that the land will be used to provide a mixed use development comprising of a ground floor unit with additional space at first floor, with three apartments and five townhouses.

Pipa Frederiksen, core group member of Save our Shops, said: “It would just be horrendous for Hebden Bridge. There are so many amazing independent shops and direct competition with a supermarket would be massive competition that they will struggle with. We think it will ruin the feel of Hebden.”

Residents have expressed worry over the use of additional supermarket floor space, whether independent shops would survive.

Owner of William Holts, greengrocers of Bridge Gate, Bob Cowling, said: “Hebden Bridge is a town of little shops and it would no longer be a town of little shops if the proposal came through.

“I can’t say how much it would affect my business but it would be detrimental.”

 

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