If my understanding of the "Marple Supermarket" issue is correct then it is highly unlikely we will get two, one on Hibbert Lane and one on Chadwick street, but we are definitely going to get one. The Council seems to be against Hibbert Lane and will be using Chadwick street against Asda's case. Conversely, Asda will be determined, they are not fools and have been in this position many times before and won at the end. They will be aware of the Council's stance and they will have a plan and they also have loadsamoney which the Council does not.
Forget the pressure groups, they'll just huff and puff and scream and shout and march and hand out leaflets that people will throw in the bin and gather petitions that will be accepted graciously but ignored.The real battle will be between the Council and Asda and Asda and whosoever on Chadwick St, unless of course Asda buy Chadwick St. Then the game is up before it has started.
We know that the Hibbert lane supermarket is an Asda, probably a large one.
We don't know who is interested in Chadwick Street but the site is much smaller so the supermarket probably will be much smaller.
One is smack in the middle of town and one is just outside it - but not by much.
So which one do we actually want and why?
We can't say that we don't want any, that is not really the choice that we are being given. The lid is off the box.
The final point is - if Asda do scarper defeated, then what happens to the College whom will be10/12 million ££.'s down ?
If the unthinkable happens and the college closes the students take all spending money with them and again what happens to the Hibbert Lane site....Vandals, Travellers, Car park ?