Sainsbury’s outside Llandeilo: Yes or No?Posted: January 25, 2012
Carmarthenshire County Council is about to decide if Sainsbury’s can build a big new supermarket on the edge of Llandeilo. Here are 10 reasons why it’s a bad idea.
- The site is allocated for new employment, not for retailing.
- Supermarkets do not bring a net increase in jobs. New jobs are outweighed by job losses at existing retailers.
- Most jobs in supermarkets are low-paid.
- Supermarkets on the edge of town increase car use. This conflicts with the need to cut our use of fossil fuels due to climate change and depleting oil supplies.
- Supermarkets truck products into and out of distant central depots, adding to the problem of food miles.
- Supermarkets damage town centres because independent retailers lack the scale and power to compete against price promotions, and become less and less profitable, forcing them to downsize or close.
- The Sunday Times voted Llandeilo the coolest place to stay in the UK, because of its history, character and independent businesses. Tourism would be damaged by a depressed town centre.
- Ghost town centres are in no one’s interest. Ghost town centres damage the quality of life of residents and visitors alike.
- The site is low-lying but currently not hard-surfaced and so it helps to mop up rainfall. Hard surfacing for a large store and car park would push water downstream towards Llandeilo and Ffairfach.
- Expected sales from Sainsbury’s would be £26.1 million at 2009 prices, at least £27.1 million now. Existing retailers would lose an equivalent amount, a devastating blow to the health of the fragile local economy.
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- The Portas Review: an Independent Review into the Future of our High Streets. Department for Business Innovation and Skills, December 2011, www.bis.gov.uk
- What’s Wrong with Supermarkets? Corporate Watch, April 2004, www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=2596
- 20 Cool Places to Stay, The Sunday Times, August 21st 2012