Comment posted Helensburgh retailers full of positivity – for town centre Waitrose by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
Thanks for that PBP. I had a quick look on the the Community COuncil website. I notice in the summary it says (in relation to their survey):
‘The headlines figures show 40% (487) want a supermarket on the pier head and 50% (609) do not, the remaining 10% (120) being uncertain’
So whilst a majority for it is far from overwhelming and suggests the opinion is not as clear as you have suggested.
Looking at the questions in the survey I noticed Q5 If a supermarket was built on the pier head would you use local shops more, less, the same?
Was a similar question asked about whether local shops would be used more, less, the same if a supermarket was built in COlgrain? I couldn’t see that question and would have thought that was also a very important opinion to survey as it gets to the heart of the retailers concerns.
Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll also commented
- I also note that Ko Samui gets over 1.5 million tourists a year without having a supermarket on a pier. So based on that it would appear all we need to do in Helensburgh is buy in white sandy beaches, coral reefs, coconut trees and an average temprature that never drops below 24 centigrade all year round and is regularly in the 30s!
- It is worth highlighting that the complainant has the right to take his/her complaint to the Standards Commission regardless of the decision taken by the CEO. The Commission will generally look to ensure the complainant has gone to the LA first and only come to them if not satisfied with the response received.
If the CEO determines there is no requirement for the Commission to get involved and the complainant feels this is not a satisfactory answer then they should make clear the grounds for their dissatisfaction with the CEO’s reasoning in that secondary complaint (which is really just reiterating your grounds for complaint in the first place).
- I don’t think it is really a question about accidents to date and more a question of how significant is the increased risk due to increased traffic levels. Having a new supermarket situated there is clearly going to increase traffic levels both from the Helensburgh direction and Cardross direction.
Traffic management and road design are obviously vital in terms of reducing this risk.
I also agree that there are traffic problems in and around the pierhead as it is and putting a supermarker there will also require careful consideration of traffic management.
- I don’t think turning this into some sort of class battle is all that productive. Based on the numbers in the surveys that have been referenced I very much doubt it is just Lomond School parents who want the supermarket based opposite the Academy. There are many people who don’t have kids in either school and it just as likely that they make up a chunk of the votes.
I don’t have kids in either school but were they to be then they would be in the Academy – that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the safety of kids in Lomond and I think it is a bit sweeping to insinuate that Lomond parents as a an entire group don’t care about the safety of Academy kids.
- Also does anyone have a link to the Sainsbury survey results as I am concerned by this article in the Advertiser
which suggests 60% of those surveyed supported plans for a Pierhead supermarket.
Very much conscious of the ability foe newspaper headlines to not accurately portray a survey which is why I would be interested in seeing the actual survey, including the questions asked.
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