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Object to Sainsbury's Plans

Sainsburys have lodged a planning application for an out of town superstore and petrol station at Loggans Moor adjacent to the existing out of town retail development. The planning application Ref is 09-1273-P, but unfortunately details are not yet available on the Cornwall Council website.

Hayle is currently served by a Lidl and Co-operative Store as well as two convenience stores and two newsagents (one of which is also the Post Office). There are also two petrol stations in the town plus the recently refurbished Shell garage at Loggans Moor itself. Nearby is the Richards
Farm Shop and The Market at Trevaskis Farm both of which sell locally sourced food and provisions. Trevaskis Farm has a policy of minimising 'food miles'. Sainsbury's predatory pricing policies will inevitably have an impact on these smaller local businesses and it is unlikely they will

When Sainsburys opened their store in Truro, all but one of the local petrol stations - including one in Highertown that included a sizeable local food market - have closed. Sainsburys now almost has the monopoly supply of fuel
in Truro as witnessed by the long queues to get into their petrol station at busy times.

Sainsburys transport 'plan' is based almost entirely on access by car. Whilst Park and Ride and policies to restrict Car Parking at County Hall have been introduced in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion in Highertown, Sainsburys Truro have recently doubled the size of their car park. They have built a new bus stop and shelter but in a position where no bus companies can use it, including the Park and Ride service whose nearest stop requires a long walk and the crossing of three busy roads.

Expect the same at Hayle - there are no bus stops in the existing Hayle Retail Park at all and no buses serve it. The A30 between Camborne and Hayle is now severely congested and the existing car park often full with overspill having to be provided in the adjacent Rugby ground.

Sainsburys relies heavily on its distribution centres in Bristol to serve their shops in Cornwall - and we all know how sustainable that will be in the long run. Once Sainsburys has successfully closed down the local food shops, what will replace them when Sainsburys finds it cannot afford the
cost of oil to get its goods into Cornwall and closes down its superstore as it is no longer cost effective?

Last winter a sign appeared in the Sainsburys Truro store on a fine dry and sunny day apologising for the shortage of milk because of snow in the Bristol area.

Before Somerfield - now Tescos - was opened in Carbis Bay, there were three independent food stores and a newsagent (which used to offer a newspaper delivery service) in the area. Predatory pricing by Tescos has resulted in all but one of those shops closing and there is no longer a newspaper
delivery service.

This is what George Monbiot says about out of town supermarkets:

"In 1998, the government commissioned a study of the impact of big stores on market towns (The Impact of Large Foodstores on Market Towns and District Centres - Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, October 1998.). It found that when a large supermarket is built on the edge of the
centre, other food shops lose between 13 and 50% of their trade. The result is 'the closure of some town centre food retailers; increases in vacancy levels; and a general decline in the quality of the environment of the centre. Towns are hit especially hard where supermarkets 'are disproportionately large compared with the size of the centre'. In these cases the superstore becomes the new town centre, leaving the high street to shrivel".

Bizarrely, there is apparently a strong level of support within Hayle for the arrival of Sainsburys. Some are stating it will bring new trade to the rest of the town. The reality of course is that car users will motor down the Hayle bypass, stock up and then return home without visiting Hayle Town
centre and those that would have made the trip to the local shops in Copperhouse and Foundry Square will not bother to do so once Sainsburys has successfully priced the competition out of business.

To leave you in no doubt as to the supermarkets' aims to fully influence communities and the way they live, Tesco recently placed the following job advert:

"Operating in 14 countries Tesco serves more than 30 million customers and employs around 440,000 people worldwide. From carrots to computers, from banking to broadband, from Shanghai to San Diego it's about more than the weekly shop. Our business touches many areas of peoples(sic) lives and we
like to lead thinking and engage with stakeholders on some of the major issues of the day such as climate change, the economy, skills and world trade.

An opportunity has arisen to join our fast paced media team and be at the heart of one of the UK's most interesting businesses. Reporting to the Director of Media Relations you will help build and protect the Tesco brand in the UK, on TV, on radio and online. You will be responsible for engaging
the media's thinking on topics and events that are important to us. This will include identifying opportunities to create newsworthy stories, putting Tesco at the heart of relevant debates and topics.

As well as being a natural story-teller, you will be capable of training our senior management to perform on air. You could currently be a broadcaster or an ex-journalist. Alternatively a PRO or corporate affairs executive with a past history in broadcasting gained within a major network or corporation.
In joining Tesco, you will have exciting opportunities to further your career with a company that has a strong commitment to developing world-class leaders.

To find out more about this opportunity contact Gavin Ellwood of Ellwood & Atfield on 020 7340 6480, visit or email

Tesco is an equal opportunities employer."

To object to Sainsbury's plans for Hayle, please write to:

Planning and Regeneration, Cornwall Council, St Clare, Penzance TR18 3QW or email quoting planning application reference 09-1273-P.