Former Kwik Save site riling residents in St Mellons

April 4, 2011 11 Comments »
Former Kwik Save site riling residents in St Mellons

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Plans to develop a former supermarket site have been put on hold after calls from residents for more consideration to be given about what to do with the dilapidated area.

Residents and councillors in St Mellons asked Cardiff council to halt their plans to sell off the land at the former Kwik Save site in Willowbrook Drive to housing developers and consider building another food outlet instead.

The run-down site has become an eyesore for many locals since Kwik Save shut down in 2007.

At a meeting in Willowbrook School, local councillors called on the council to consider a food retail option.

At present, many elderly residents who do not have their own car are forced to walk nearly a mile to their nearest supermarket.

St Mellons councillor Ralph Cook said: “This is a burning local issue. An alternative that could ensure a retail future for the site could actually raise more money for the council.

“There would be an obvious boost to local employment and commercial competition if food retail returns to the site. The council must listen to what local residents are saying loud and clear.”

Cardiff council had encouraged a housing developer to look into building homes on the Kwik Save site, but have now decided to put these plans on hold.

Coun Monica Walsh added: “We get regular complaints about anti-social behaviour and fly tipping on this site.

“Residents know that we are fighting their corner. They are furious and want to see a real commitment to improving St Mellons.”

The council confirmed that they had put their current plans on hold and were considering a number of different options for the site.

A Cardiff council spokesperson said: “The council has put the sale of the adjoining land near the former Kwik Save site in St Mellons on hold while discussions take place between ourselves, agents acting on behalf of potential supermarket developers and with the prospective purchasers of the council’s land to see whether a solution can be achieved which is acceptable to everyone.”

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the site? Let us know your views in the comments below

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11 Comments

  1. paul April 11, 2011 at 2:17 am - Reply

    well i think house wont be to good us the land for the kids around the st mellons area there is nothing around here for the no wonder theres most of the lock up

  2. Lucas Howell May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    At the end of the day, surely an development on the site would be an improvement on the ever more vandalised building, that was Kwik Save. Surely there can't be a sound business case for any retailer to want to move to the site, when a sizable Tesco store is less than a mile away?
    Surely for the pensioners that seem to be of concern, the two stop bus journey from the Kwik Save site to Tesco, using a free OAPs bus pass is just as easy, as it was getting goods from the rarely used Kwik Save. It would be great if the site was developed to occupy the local kids.

  3. A Nonymous September 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Let us have a lidl or Aldi Please!!!!

  4. btfn November 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I have an idea, I could reopen it as a kwik save again!

  5. Shoppers for justice February 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Tesco should NOT have the monopoly in st mellons. Everyone benifits if we have a new store on the old kwik save site. Local people have less distance to travel, more local jobs, tesco may be forced to adjust there prices. Everyone is a winner.

  6. Thalia Morgan February 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I live across the road from the Kwiksave site which does not look very pleasant.

    As more houses are being built in the St Mellons area doesnt it make sense to have another supermarket in the area. Not everyone likes shopping at Tescos as they find the store expensive. We need another supermarket please (Morrisons or Aldi is a good idea), Why is there only one supermarket in the whole of St Mellons?

    Also it makes the area look rough by having a building just doing nothing and it also attracts vandalism. Something must be done.

    Many thanks

  7. charlotte February 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    The site has not only been an eye-sore but a danger zone too, it is a shame that there are no other shops in the area. There were originally two shops here, so why not have the same again? It would be great to see supermarkets as mentioned already but what about B&M bargains or a Home Bargains too- there aren't enough shops in our aea and I agree that Tescos could do with the competition as their prices are far higher here than other Tescos in the Cardiff area.
    With the New housing developement starting surely these houses would sell better if this area was tidied up and shops were put in this area. We need more jobs in the area, we need more shops-especially for the ederly or other families who don't have a car…I agree that public transport could be used but it isn't as easy when you have 4 children and a load of shopping!! I think sufficient time has passed now and that something needs to be done, and quickly.

  8. Richard June 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Does anybody know who to speak to about renting that site?

  9. richard h September 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    we ned more shops in st mellonx not houes

  10. smurf January 27, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Site is still unchanged does anyone know what's happening with it?

  11. Mr O April 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Another supermarket would be great as Tesco st Mellons is diabolical and the site could be easily renovated for this purpose (unless vacant for another 6 years)
    This would help with jobs to local people and would also help a lot of oap's to do there weekly shop who don't have there own transport
    The area is a perfect location to attract shoppers from Marshfeild/St Mellons /Trowbridge

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