Date for a supermarket showdown

Artist's impression of the revised plans for the proposed Sainsbury's store off Halifax Road, Todmorden
Artist's impression of the revised plans for the proposed Sainsbury's store off Halifax Road, Todmorden

A PUBLIC inquiry to decide whether Todmorden will get a fourth major supermarket will begin on July 24.

The event is expected to last four days, pitting conservationists against free marketeers.

There have been petitions for and against the new store which Sainsbury’s wants to build on a derelict mill site in Halfiax Road.

Calderdale Council planning officers recommended the scheme for approval but it was turned down by councillors because of the potential impact on existing traders.

The town already has a Morrison’s supermarket and a Lidl store, and work is due to begin this summer on an Asda store opposite the market.