Second pro-Asda march to hit Cinderford this month
PROTESTERS will march in Cinderford once more as they ramp up efforts to bring a big-name supermarket to the town.
Many shoppers want more choice on where to get their weekly groceries and were delighted when Asda won permission to build in Steam Mills Road.
But the Co-operative, which already has a store in Cinderford, has launched a legal bid to try and prevent the rival retailer setting up. It is challenging Forest of Dean District Council’s approval of the Asda plans. Asda’s developer Trilogy has resubmitted its planning application for the supermarket.
Resident Adrian Lane, who organised the first march at the end of September, will hit the streets once more on November 24 and is urging others to join him to help show the strength of feeling.
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He said: “We want the Co-op to know that we are not going away, we’re not going quiet.
“We just want a supermarket, any supermarket, that will give us the chance to choose where to shop for our groceries competitively.”
He added: “The planning application is back in now so we also want people to write in and support the proposals.”
The march will start at noon in Steam Mills and end outside the Co-op.
Mr Lane said a silent protest will also be held on December 1, at Cinderford’s Christmas Lights switch-on, but he stressed it would not disrupt the event.
Trilogy Developments managing director Patrick Stones said the planning application has been resubmitted, unchanged, because the Co-op’s challenge is based on processes they say the council did not follow properly.
“If the challenge goes to court, we will deal with it there but we also just wanted to speed the process up a bit and give the council the chance to go through those processes again if necessary,” he said.
No one from Midcounties Co-operative was available for comment.