Public meeting held to discuss Rhiwbina Sainsbury’s plan

December 5, 2012 1 Comment »

Residents are preparing to fights plans for a Sainsbury’s store on the site of Thornhill Cars in Rhiwbina.

Crowds of concerned residents gathered at a public meeting in Cardiff last night over plans by a supermarket giant to open a new city suburb store.

Sainsbury’s has submitted plans to open a Local store at the former Thornhill Cars garage in Rhiwbina – just a mile from the chain’s superstore on Excalibur Drive. More than 100 people attended a public meeting last night at Bethany Baptist Church, organised by Rhiwbina’s independent councillors, to discuss the controversial plans.

Councillors and many community members fear the future of independent shops in Rhiwbina will be under threat if the proposals get the go-ahead. Resident Andy Williams, 73, said: “That shop will not serve this community. There are people in this room who already have shops that serve this community on an individual basis.

“We don’t want that extra development here to divide and weaken our community here in Rhiwbina.”

The site, on the corner of Heol Llanishen Fach and Thornhill Road, has been previously used as a garage, petrol station and car showroom since 1959.

The plans seek a change of use for three retail units on the ground floor – the largest of which will be occupied by Sainsbury’s – and an office retained on the first floor.

According to the applicants, Cardiff-based PMG Ltd, the scheme would create up to 50 jobs, including 25 at the new convenience store.

Concerns have also been raised over the opening hours: 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 10pm on Sundays, and residents have also said the proposed 18 parking spaces would not provide enough room for shoppers.

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  1. Johnston January 11, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply

    These proposed plans are totally unsupportive of the local community and business's, the powers that be blame the problems in our society on the lack of community but if this allowed to go ahead will actually be contributing to it. A supermarket will negatively impact our local business's, erode local choice as smaller shops struggle to compete. Supermarkets actually put less money back into the local community and more into there shareholders and distant corporations pockets. The increase in traffic on the two roads mainly affected not withstanding all the side roads is unsubstainable and will only give the council more reasons to widen the roads and push the pavements width down to the legal limit as they tried to do a couple of years ago. Therefore putting the pedestrian at more risk let alone discouraging them to walk for a healthier lifestyle and giving the car precedence. The local residence will have increased hours of traffic given the proposed opening times. I suggest the community is listened to and from what I am hearing it's a resounding NO THANK YOU.

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