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  • Cornwall councillors ready to make decision on Wadebridge superstore war

    Posted on January 19th, 2011 charlotte No comments

    Cornwall planners will decide next Monday 24 January whether to approve three giant supermarket applications on the outskirts of Wadebridge.

    Protest group lovewadebridge.com is fiercely opposing the proposed developments, which would encircle this thriving Cornish market town.

    Both Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s want to build brand new superstores on the east side of Wadebridge – Sainsbury’s on council land. Tesco has applied to expand its existing store at the top of West Hill.

    Planning officers are recommending that councillors give the go-ahead to both Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s proposals. But they want them to reject the Morrison’s application, which involves moving Wadebridge Town Football Club to a new site outside the town’s boundary on the road to Rock and Polzeath.

    Lovewadebridge.com was set up by local residents and traders concerned that all three out-of-town developments are against national, regional and development plan policies and would damage the heart of Wadebridge – its character, economy and quality of life. 

    Group members maintain there are already an adequate number of supermarkets in the area and the proposed superstores could turn Wadebridge into a ghost town.

    They argue that more would have an adverse effect on the vitality of Wadebridge town centre and the viability of small, independent businesses in the town and surrounding villages in north Cornwall.

    More than 577 supermarkets have been approved in the UK in the last two years, leading to accusations that the “big four” are distorting local food markets and putting independent traders out of business.

    Update: Tesco’s expansion was given the go-ahead; both Sainsbury’s and Morrision’s applications were turned down during a marathon six-hour council meeting.

  • Lovewadebridge steps up out-of-town supermarket fight

    Posted on June 1st, 2010 charlotte No comments

    The campaign group lovewadebridge.com is holding another public meeting this Thursday 3 June at 6pm in Wadebridge Town Hall.

    Its 500+ members, representing local households and businesses, are opposing three out-of-town supermarket developments

    Both Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s now want to build brand new superstores on the east side of Wadebridge.  Tesco has applied to expand its existing store at the top of West Hill.

    Lovewadebridge.com was set up by local residents concerned that these out-of-town developments would damage the heart of Wadebridge – its character, economy and quality of life.  

    It’s proposing alternative ideas to maintain the health and well-being of this historic market town.

     
  • The price of cheap food

    Posted on November 13th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    A new short film made in Cornwall questions the sustainability of current food production.  It’s the first part of The Price of Cheap Food project.

    cheap-food-bannerKerris Farmers is about four Cornish farmers. It’s been produced by Barry Cooper, lecturer in digital media at University College Falmouth

    The film’s being premiered at the Cornwall Film Festival in Falmouth this Saturday 14 November. Screening will be part of the Cornish Shorts in the Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth starting at 2pm.

    Camel Community Supported Agriculture is pleased to hear that The Price of Cheap Food project will also look at experiments in alternative agriculture, local food and allotments.

    Barry says:

    “In this film four Cornish farmers and family say how things are in an environment where food often costs more to grow than supermarkets eventually pay for it.

    “Jeffery was eventually paid 18p per packaged cauliflower even though each one cost him 34p to grow. In the supermarkets they sold at around 78p.

    Kerris farmers 2“Adding to the pressure on farmers is the rising cost of fertilizer, fuel and a shortage of labour; farmers are an ageing community. Alan, the beef farmer runs his farm on his own and is totally reliant on a fleet of machines which he has adapted to do all the work by himself.

     

    “East European and other migrant workers did the work in recent years but now that sector seems to be shrinking. So eventually the film leaves us with a question, who will grow the food in the future?”

    Kerris farmers 1Further parts of The Price of Cheap Food project seek to explore experiments in alternative agriculture, local food and allotments, along with surviving Chinese and Bulgarian pre-industrial farming cultures and the strategies of the supermarkets to globalize production.

    * Find out more here about the LoveWadebridge initiative in Cornwall.  It’s arisen out of concerns about the impact of another supermarket on Wadebridge in the north of the county.

  • Make local food work in Wadebridge

    Posted on October 27th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Hope you’re going to the Lovewadebridge public meeting this Friday 30 October.  Wadebridge: Options for the Future, chaired by Dan Rogerson MP for North Cornwall, is at 7pm in Wadebridge Town Hall.

    making-local-food-workThe initiative arises out of concerns about the impact of another supermarket on the town.  Sainsbury’s wants to develop the former North Cornwall District Council offices at the eastern edge of Wadebridge into a superstore.  

    From our perspective as a community vegetable growing enterprise, Camel Community Supported Agriculture wants to make local food work

    We support the retention of a range of independent retail outlets that sell seasonal, locally-produced food.

    Supermarkets have a stranglehold on food supply chains in this country. They also rely on international markets to import out-of-season produce.  (Like rhubarb from New Zealand!)

    This is detrimental to local food producers and the environment and is definitely not sustainable.

    Needs

    The timely Lovewadebridge campaign is encouraging people to really think about what our town needs, rather than what corporate business and big supermarkets want.

    lovewadebridge.comAs Jeremy Rowe, Cornwall councillor for Egloshayle, St Breock, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Mabyn & St Tudy, points out on his blog (and on Twitter):

    “If a new supermarket was to be built…Would Wadebridge still be able to support two butchers, a greengrocers, two bakeries, two newsagents and all the other ‘niche’ businesses in town?”

  • We love Wadebridge

    Posted on September 20th, 2009 Jerry 7 comments

    The Lovewadebridge website was set up last week to enable the people of Wadebridge to air their feelings regarding the proposed new supermarket(s) on the eastern outskirts of the town.

    wadebridgeThis initiative has been prompted by the proposal that Cornwall Council should sell its office at Higher Trenant to Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s would demolish the building and create a superstore.

    The demolition of this valuable building (built at great expense less than 20 years ago!) would be prompted by short-term financial considerations on the part of the council, and Sainsbury’s wish to access the substantial shopping spend in the town.

    It would thus be a double slap in the face for Wadebridge.  The promise of extra jobs is bogus as supermarkets destroy as many jobs as they create.

    Independentwadebridge town centre

    Wadebridge has until now cleverly and quietly combined the best of the past while embracing what the present has to offer.

    The key survival from the past, that keeps its modern heart beating, is the network of independent traders offering those everyday commodities that bring local people into its streets for supplies and sociability. 

    That heart has been carved out of most towns of similar size in Cornwall by their circling superstores. In Wadebridge it is still beating strongly.  If we allowed our independent and local traders to be squeezed out, which would be the inevitable result of supermarket expansion, the future of Wadebridge would become drab and bland.

    If you are interested in keeping things local, which if you are looking at the CSA website you undoubtedly are, then take a look at the website – lovewadebridge.com – have your say, and sign the petition.