Homeowners united against Pontcanna Pine supermarket development

August 11, 2011 5 Comments »
Homeowners united against Pontcanna Pine supermarket development

Over 100 Pontcanna residents of a city suburb gathered last night to form a spirited campaign against the opening of a supermarket in an area untouched by chain stores.

More than 1,500 signatures had already been collected objecting to plans to create a 2,600sq m ground-floor shop at the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on Kings Road. Plans have already been approved for 14 flats above it.

Shopkeepers stood before the 116 assembled residents at St Catherine’s Church Hall, Kings Road, to express concerns for their own businesses if a supermarket were to open.

Ana Mitchell, of Wine & Roses in Severn Grove, said: “This type of development will definitely take income away from family-run businesses which have already been affected by the current economic recession.”

Rashmikant Patel, owner of Pontcanna Stores, which has been open for more than 30 years, said: “It will really affect our business as it will offer the same as us and will be over double the size.”

Residents were urged to sign petitions, write letters to Cardiff council, AMs and MPs, publicise the campaign with posters displayed in their cars and house windows, join the campaign’s Facebook page, offer professional skills, donate money to fund independent transport advice, and attend a council planning meeting next month.

One of the green and red posters read: Keep Calm and Carry On Using Our Local Shops, Keep The Heart Of Pontcanna Independent.

Campaign chairman Alan Lane said: “If the council see 10,000 signatures from Riverside, that will wake people up. This is an issue not just here, it’s right across the city and in other areas.”

Mark Drakeford, Labour AM for Cardiff West, said he would write to the Welsh Government and Cardiff council to publicise the issues raised in the meeting, including traffic and parking concerns.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7.30pm at the Scout hall to oppose the possible opening of a Tesco One Stop convenience store in the former Ballantynes Wine Merchants on Cathedral Road.

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5 Comments

  1. Nathan Collins August 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Ah, a meeting of the village elders – the 100 who know what is best for the area, and everybody else there need to be told, because they cannot be trusted – if it comes, the proles will shop there, so we must campaign and stop it, because we know best.

  2. Andy Pontcanna August 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Nathan, there was nothing to stop you going to the meeting and airing your views.
    These people were the 100 who turned up. If you didn't then you can't complain that your views weren't heard can you?

  3. MB, Cardiff August 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    What, and a new Sainsburys would in fact be best for the area Nathan? What a snide comment to come up with considering we are talking about peoples livelihoods at stake, the areas character, further traffic congestion giving rise to a poorer quality of life for the local residents (of which, by the way, I am not one but stand in support of them) and gaining very little in return other than longer opening hours and supporting yet another superbrand. Hardly in keeping with why people must settle in Pontcanna in the first place…

  4. William James August 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Sainsburys would be great. Traffic isn't help by any of the stores or bars, but they still opened. Pontcanna residents, of which i am one, would benefit from the competition and quality service, which lacks in Pontcanna stores, ( a smile goes a long way for loyalty). People settle in Pontcanna for the kudos of living in Pontcanna and basically, they don't want branded carrier bags littering Severn Grove. Welcome to the world Pontcanna, your councillors won't save you, the assembly wont save you and your high council tax rating means nothing in the face of a multi-national. Don't be misled by the anti brigade, the vast majority of the local residents, even those who signe the petition against, will welcome a decent superbrand. If Pontcanna is so loyal, Sainsbury will close quickly enough.

  5. dave August 24, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

    yes
    how many of the residents actually support the local shops they like to have in the background but don't use?
    if they used them then they would still be here!
    shamefull two facedness

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