Aldeburgh: Tesco plans for Saxmundham Road continue to attract fierce debate

A CONTROVERSIAL bid to open a supermarket in one of Suffolk’s most prestigious seaside towns has continued to attract fierce debate.

Retail giant Tesco revealed earlier this week that it wants to open an Express store in Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh.

The scheme, pictured, which would be built on the derelict Crossways Garage site next to the Co-op, also includes five flats above the shop space.

Tesco revealed its plans at a public exhibition and the proposals sparked a number of comments, with some welcoming the increased choice it will bring to the town and others concerned about the affect it could have on independent traders.

Local food campaigner Caroline Cranbrook questioned whether a new store was necessary - especially with two Co-ops already in the town and a Tesco and Waitrose in nearby Saxmundham.

“I recognise there will be people who welcome a Tesco,” she said. “But the independent shops are vital - they are the lifeblood of local producers.”

Ruth Proctor, clerk to Aldeburgh Town Council, said they would be waiting to hear views of residents before forming a decision.

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A number of people have commented through the EADT’s website.

John Taylor said: “What a good thing that would be for locals and holiday makers. Save them going to Saxmundam as they do now.”

Fran Abrams posted: “People come to Aldeburgh because it’s unique - once the big chains arrive, it will be just another town, with far less to recommend it to visitors. There are plenty of places for Tesco, but this isn’t one of them.”

Alfred Cavill said: “Time these people got real and understood that today people want more choice and progress. Stop living in a bygone era that cannot be bought back or saved.”

Chris Bayfield posted: “I personally don’t understand how they can allow this store to appear right alongside the existing Co-op store, but then they’ve been allowed to build one opposite Waitrose in Sax so the precedent has been set.”