Over 1,300 say: Let store be built here

Presenting the petition to councillor Pat Allen for building a new supermarket on the former Nu Swift site, Wistons Lane, Elland

Presenting the petition to councillor Pat Allen for building a new supermarket on the former Nu Swift site, Wistons Lane, Elland

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SHOPPERS have put pen to paper in their hundreds to back the arrival of a new supermarket in Elland.

The seven members of the Morrisons Support Group have gathered 1,385 signatures and 226 letters of support since they formed in November.

They want the Nu-Swift site in Wistons Lane to betransformed to house a Morrisons supermarket.

Member Gillian Pearson said: “The plans Morrisons have put forward have met the needs of the local community.”

She said she understood criticism that it may draw people away from the local shops.

“We’re basing the effect on what happened in Brighouse when Tesco moved. I don’t see as many ‘To Let’ signs on the main street in Brighouse as I do here currently. This is what people need.”

June Beesting said: “I think it’ll actually help bring people into the town.”

The group say people currently have no choice but to leave Elland to visit supermarkets in Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse.

Ellen Wallace said it would also give people somewhere to park, allowing them to look round the local shops after they finish at the store.

“If there’s a supermarket you also get two hours’ free parking which gives an opportunity to come into Elland and shop.”

They say rather than taking away business it would create extra trade.

Since the Bradford-based Morrisons submitted its application, Asda has also handed in plans to Calderdale Council to move in and transform the former Gannex mill site.

The group handed their petition to Coun Pat Allen (Lib Dem, Elland) who will present it at the next council meeting on February 16.

“The people of Elland have spoken,” she said.

ruth.mosalski@halifaxcourier.co.uk