Dave... re reinvestment and continuation of curriculum.. Marple and CHEADLE 6th form college... I'm sure they can continue with the courses by investing the money in the other campus?
I've never dealt with the YPLA, because it only appeared after I retired three years ago (and it's going to disappear again quite soon - quangos are like mushrooms, aren't they!). However, from my experience of dealing with its predecessors (LSC, FEFC), if Marple students had to travel to Cheadle, as a result of the disposal of Hibbert Lane, the YPLA would not accept that.
I have friends who live outside Marple who have signed the petiiton against the supermarket. They have done so because they visit Marple frequently to use our local shops and enjoy the atmosphere in our town centre, and would like it to stay that way. They will not be visiting or spending money in our local economy if these shops disappear because a supermarket has taken their business. They will not travel here to use a supermarket.
Personally I don't buy this argument at all. We all go to Hazel Grove, Bredbury, even Whaley Bridge and Glossop, to do our supermarket shopping. So why wouldn't people come here to do likewise?