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Title: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: NeilCorrie on August 23, 2011, 10:28:39 PM
Katherine Vine (http://twitter.com/#!/katherinevine1) (Stockport Express reporter) tweeted earlier:

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See page 15 of today's Manchester Evening News for a report on the weekend's supermarket row protest in #marple.

There will also be a longer version in tomorrow's Stockport Express.

And I'll be at Marple Area Committee tomorrow night, which is looking like its going to be at least as eventful as the last one!
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Mr Marple on August 24, 2011, 01:11:21 PM
Here's the link to the Stockport Express = http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/1456727_protesters-march-against-big-store-in-marple

Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on August 25, 2011, 03:51:43 PM
Manchester Evening News, Tuesday 23rd August 2011, page 15.  Click for larger view.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on August 25, 2011, 04:00:59 PM
Stockport Express, Wednesday 24th August 2011, front page. Click for larger view.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on August 25, 2011, 04:02:26 PM
Stockport Express, Wednesday 24th August 2011, page 3.  Click for larger view.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on August 25, 2011, 04:10:14 PM
Stockport Express, Thursday 25th August 2011, online. 

Summary of last night's Marple Area Committee meeting: "Marple supermarket protesters continue fight at council committee meeting" (http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/1456923_marple-supermarket-protesters-continue-fight-at-council-committee-meeting)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on September 09, 2011, 02:57:31 PM
Radio Manchester, 9th September, 6am, "Beswick At Breakcast"

Beswick at Breakfast, 9th September 2011, iPlayer audio link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00k0ddy)

Various pieces of coverage during the show concerning Marple's plight, particularly:

0:57:35 overview of issue
1:37:00 thru 1:42:15 live outside the college
2:16:40 thru 2:25:30 with CAMSFC principal Christina Cassidy + MP Andrew Stunell
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on September 10, 2011, 08:22:54 PM
Article about today's rally made the BBC website front page, pics below, article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-14866828 Rally held over Marple supermarket plan (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-14866828).

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and

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on October 02, 2011, 03:38:56 PM
National trade magazine Convenience Store, 30th September 2011.  Click image for larger view.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: NeilCorrie on October 02, 2011, 04:47:06 PM
Extensive article in national trade magazine Retail Newsagent, 30th September 2011.  Click either of the two pages for larger view of that page.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on October 02, 2011, 08:12:47 PM
intouch leaflet delivered to properties in Marple North, October 2011.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: sgk on October 05, 2011, 10:24:37 PM
Article in Mancunian Matters, 3rd October 2011, "Marple residents unite in campaign to stop Tesco opening supersize store".  Click on image to view article.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: NeilCorrie on October 13, 2011, 06:41:47 PM
Protesters vow to fight 'to the end' to stop Marple supermarket plan, Stockport Express, 13th October 2011.

http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/1461650_protesters-vow-to-fight-to-the-end-to-stop-marple-supermarket-plan (http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/1461650_protesters-vow-to-fight-to-the-end-to-stop-marple-supermarket-plan)

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: alison on October 19, 2011, 09:15:05 AM
here's an update for you!


http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1462202_revealed-asda-in-talks-with-college-over-marple-supermarket (http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1462202_revealed-asda-in-talks-with-college-over-marple-supermarket)

Not sure apart from the vans how much extra traffic it would bring seeings as there are Asdas in Hazel Grove and 2 in Stockport. But I'm sure the people involved in both campaigns have much more info on this than me.

Also, not that I know that's your main concern, but asda's current expension model does not seem to be for huge hulking superstores.

Alison

Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: NeilCorrie on October 27, 2011, 10:41:26 PM
"Fears over Asda supermarket plan", The Grocer, 25th October 2011.

http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=independentarticle&ID=222025 (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=independentarticle&ID=222025)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: chicken lady on November 16, 2011, 08:31:00 AM
I see in today's Stockport Express that MIA have been asked by the council to remove the banner on Dan Bank following complaints.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Miss Marple on November 16, 2011, 02:06:06 PM
Yes ! What fantastic publicity for MIA just when we thought it had all gone quiet !  At least it has opened up a further debate.   Now why didn't I think of that ? Well at least you can all be assured in the fact that we have some fantastic PR people on the MIA team  ;D
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: tricky on November 16, 2011, 02:10:42 PM
post removed by Lisa... offensive
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Victor M on November 16, 2011, 02:33:04 PM
I wonder if the council have Bethell to remove their poster at the same time!
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: alan@romiley on November 16, 2011, 04:48:07 PM
I thought I could sense a hidden agenda, so there is now a chance that the Campus might become a travellers site

http://menmedia.co.uk/stockportexpress/news/s/1465240_old-offerton-school-site-may-be-home-for-travellers

it is listed now as a potential choice.

Well I suppose if you don't want a supermarket and you don't want more social housing, then what could be better
than a travellers site, at least they would have a choice as to whether to enjoy Marple Folks Hospitality, or if not there
even Top Lock!

Were your elected representatives not aware of this possibility?

Full list of possible traveller sites by area committee:

Stepping Hill
13 and 15 Vine Street
Works buildings on Brook Street
Offerton High School, The Fairway
School Street Industrial Estate
Cherry Tree Hospital, Cherry Tree Lane
Land bounded by Buxton Road, Melford Road and Tannock Road
Newby Road Industrial Estate, off Bramhall Moor Lane
Melford Road Employment Area, off Macclesfield Road
Offerton Sand & Gravel
Dialstone Centre, Lisburne Lane
Torkington Road Depot

Marple
Marple Sorting Office and car park, Chapel Fields
British Waterways Yard, Church Street
Cheadle and Marple College, Hibbert Lane Campus
Peacefield Primary School
The Dale Primary School
Werneth
Land on the corner of School Brow
Oakwood Mills
Unity Mill
Land off Stockport Road East

Heatons and Reddish
Fir Tree Primary School, Browning Road
Land off Sandfold Lane
North Heaton Primary School
North Area College, Buckingham Road
The Ropeworks, Stanbank Street

Cheadle
Bullocks Coaches garage, Stockport Road
Grimond House, The Paddock
Nurses Home, Cheadle Royal Hospital
Land at Cheadle Campus, Cheadle Road

Central
Bridgehall Sidings
Adswood Road/Stockholm Road
Adswood Road/Siddington Avenue

Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme
Land off Adswood Road,
Land off Midland Road,
Land off Earl Road,
Adswood Employment Area, Adswood Road
Hulme Hall Close
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Dave on November 17, 2011, 09:37:05 AM
One thing's certain - the council is not going to buy land for a travellers' site, when they can use land they already own.  So the prospect of travellers on the Hibbert Lane college site is zero. 
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: amazon on November 17, 2011, 12:02:30 PM
One thing's certain - the council is not going to buy land for a travellers' site, when they can use land they already own.  So the prospect of travellers on the Hibbert Lane college site is zero. 

                Notice nothing mentioned about sites in romiley .cherry tree school land     would be ideal
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: alan@romiley on November 17, 2011, 02:06:17 PM
Werneth
Land on the corner of School Brow
Oakwood Mills
Unity Mill
Land off Stockport Road East
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: amazon on November 17, 2011, 05:05:57 PM
Werneth
Land on the corner of School Brow
Oakwood Mills
Unity Mill
Land off Stockport Road East

             That's Better Alan 
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: MM_James on November 28, 2011, 02:16:30 PM
Hi,

I'm a journalist with the Manchester based website Mancunian Matters (http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/) and I've been following the Hibbert Lane dispute. I was at the recent area committee meeting regarding the prospect of a supermarket on the Chadwick Street site and would like to canvas the opinions of residents local to both the Hibbert Lane site in relation to the plans there and also those who could be affected by any development at the Chadwick Street site.

Please could anybody willing to discuss with myself PM me and I'll set up a time which is convenient to call and discuss.

Thanks and regards,

James McLaughlin
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: admin on December 07, 2011, 06:41:09 PM
Just sharing an interesting email received today:

We’re from Oswestry, a market town on the Shropshire/Wales border.

Like you, we have been battling the might of the big supermarkets. We fought, but unfortunately failed to stop, what turned out to be Tesco gaining planning to build an out-of-town superstore.

But Oswestry is rallying to keep the heart of the town vibrant, relevant and ready for the impact of Tesco when it arrives. Town businesses, the town chamber of commerce and anti-supermarket action group – Os21 – have been promoting the strengths and community value of the town’s trading heart.

In July, we staged a very successful ‘Take 2 the Streets’ trade event, when shops came out to peddle their wares on stalls, creating a colourful and busy street market. We had an exhibition of ideas and feedback on people’s concerns about a big superstore development and how we can safeguard the future of town centre trade.

The day included an open air performance of ‘Supermarket’, an album of 12 ‘protest’ songs by Neil Phillips which has just been released on CD/download and for free listen-to on soundcloud. A bit of local press is attached.

We wanted to link up with other anti-supermarket action groups to exchange notes, ideas and inspiration on how to fight back against and survive the supermarket onslaught.

We would love it if you would take a listen to the songs on soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com/neilphillips-3/tracks?page=1 – and take a look at the ‘Supermarket’ website - www.eclectic-music.co.uk/supermarket - where there are excerpts from the tracks, plus lyrics and info. Your town may even be name-checked on track 12 – ‘It’s not over’. Perhaps track 11, ‘Every Little Helps’, could become the anthem of supermarket protest!

By the way, we are currently sourcing films and videos for the songs to be screened during live performances of ‘Supermarket’ and to go on the website. Maybe someone in your circles might be inspired to put something together? Potential contributors can contact us or the project collaborator, Kinokulture, an alternative cinema promoter and film maker. Their contact is Ruth Carter on 0845 2500517 or go to www.kinokulture.org.uk

If you are within striking distance, the next performance on the Supermarket ‘tour’ is in Oswestry on December 30th. See www.eclectic-music.co.uk for details.

Perhaps there are people among your community who are writing protest songs, poems and creating art around the subject of supermarket development? Perhaps we could all come together in one big national anti-supermarket event, knees-up, festival, that could take awareness to the next level?

Or if that’s too ambitious at this point, perhaps Neil could come and perform ‘Supermarket’ at one of your future protests or awareness events?

Any way, food for thought – and keep the good work up.

All the best from Oswestry.

Kate Clarke/Neil Phillips

01691 652918

07751 160576

PS: Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think would be interested.

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Harry on December 07, 2011, 07:55:19 PM
What has anything in the previous post got to do with the topic - "latest press coverage" ????
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Dave on December 08, 2011, 09:50:36 AM
It looks remarkably like a newspaper to me......    ::)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: admin on July 21, 2012, 09:36:51 AM
Article in the Grocer this week:

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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Dave on July 21, 2012, 02:37:39 PM
Thanks Mark - it's a good article, clear and well written. He makes some fair points - for example about the lack of early consultation by the college, but he's quite wrong about the governors having 'got to the situation of being unable to properly plan for and fund development at the college'.  All colleges are in the same boat: there is no government capital, so they have to plan for and fund developments in other ways, i.e. by asset disposals and/or borrowing, as in this case.  As for Margaret Hodge, she's whistling in the wind......  ;)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: simonesaffron on July 21, 2012, 03:49:03 PM
Thanks Mark for posting it.

Its a clear enough written article but it has all been said before. I often think that "public consultation" is a much over-used term. In reality it usually means these are our intentions and if you don't like it, tough. As members of the public we often delude ourselves that we have any influence at all.

As for Mrs Hodges "concern" is she/can she follow it up in any way? I think that we all know the answer to that. This is the first and last last we'll hear from her on the subject

It is very hard to predict what is going to happen to the Hibbert Lane site. There are lot of influences at play here. Asda have been clever (one would expect no less) with their "joint" planning application (as predicted I think), last year people were saying that they were either for or against the Asda now they are saying they are either for or against the MACSFC/ASDA Marple project. According to conversations I've been having opinions are various but what everybody seems to be saying unanimously is that they are for the College's improvements.

An interesting situation occurs on the new onsite poll. Last time I looked only 39 people had actually voted. I think we've got about 800 plus members on this website - so 39 is pathetic. However it really does make you think - now that plans have been revealed does anybody really care ?

Also heard from Town Hall source that local Councillor resistance is not as fierce as it was. Some local Councillors have actually been making noises in favour of it...interesting eh ?           
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: thebigshed on July 21, 2012, 03:58:09 PM
Concerning the questionnaire being of the "when did you stop beating your wife" variety. Why should Asda do anything different?  It is up to others to object.  They are hardly going to promote objections are they?

It may take some effort on the part of the small shopkeepers of Marple but a new store could be a great opportunity for them.  I do have a concern about the traffic management however and that needs to be carefully watched.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: NeilCorrie on August 16, 2012, 10:59:55 PM
Local blogger Marple Leaf has a posting today concerning the Chadwick Street supermarket development.

http://themarpleleaf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/is-marple-aldi-or-waitrose-kind-of-place.html (http://themarpleleaf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/is-marple-aldi-or-waitrose-kind-of-place.html)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: admin on August 19, 2012, 07:41:27 AM
From the Liberal Democrat's NEWS EXTRA:

"ASDA Supermarket Could Cause GRIDLOCK for Marple!"

We've all seen the traffic and blight problems caused by supermarkets in Hazel Grove. It's time to learn those lessons.

PLANS for a new supermarket in Marple are causing outrage locally, with fears of traffic congestion and long-term damage to the town's shopping centre.

ASDA have applied to build on the Marple College site on Hibbert Lane - outside the shopping area, and, the traders say, it will be a direct threat to local shops and jobs. Residents fear extra traffic will bring gridlock.

"It's in clear breach of planning rules which say new shops and supermarkets should be put in existing centres, not dumped in a residential area" says Andrew Stunell MP.

Angry local residents launched a campaign against the plans last year, and have vowed to fight the application 'all the way'. Local councillors have joined the battle.

"Marple's excellent range of shops would clearly be at risk, and I have grave reservations that Hibbert Lane is able to take any more traffic than it already does." says local Councillor Shan Alexander.


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Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: amazon on August 19, 2012, 11:25:12 AM
From the Liberal Democrat's NEWS EXTRA:

"ASDA Supermarket Could Cause GRIDLOCK for Marple!"

We've all seen the traffic and blight problems caused by supermarkets in Hazel Grove. It's time to learn those lessons.

PLANS for a new supermarket in Marple are causing outrage locally, with fears of traffic congestion and long-term damage to the town's shopping centre.

ASDA have applied to build on the Marple College site on Hibbert Lane - outside the shopping area, and, the traders say, it will be a direct threat to local shops and jobs. Residents fear extra traffic will bring gridlock.

"It's in clear breach of planning rules which say new shops and supermarkets should be put in existing centres, not dumped in a residential area" says Andrew Stunell MP.

Angry local residents launched a campaign against the plans last year, and have vowed to fight the application 'all the way'. Local councillors have joined the battle.

"Marple's excellent range of shops would clearly be at risk, and I have grave reservations that Hibbert Lane is able to take any more traffic than it already does." says local Councillor Shan Alexander.


Sooner it's built the better . When you get new shops on the precinct painting the out side in appalling colours it justs shows how marple is going is there no planning laws about this .
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Harry on August 19, 2012, 12:27:25 PM
It must be recognised that the traffic problems of Hazel Grove and Bredbury are partly caused by the people of Marple travelling to these areas to do their shopping. When a new supermarket opens in Marple these said traffic problems will be alleviated somewhat.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Berni inn on August 19, 2012, 08:57:34 PM
What about people from outside marple driving in to use the new asda??

Lots of marple residents shop at tescos in portwood and glossop and asda in hyde or at eastlands.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: wheels on August 19, 2012, 09:17:31 PM
What about people from outside marple driving in to use the new asda??

Lots of marple residents shop at tescos in portwood and glossop and asda in hyde or at eastlands.

They must be earning too much if they can afford to drive that far. ;-)
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: simonesaffron on August 20, 2012, 09:11:57 AM
It must be recognised that the traffic problems of Hazel Grove and Bredbury are partly caused by the people of Marple travelling to these areas to do their shopping. When a new supermarket opens in Marple these said traffic problems will be alleviated somewhat.

Currently traffic travels from and  through Marple to do a supermarket shop thus dispersing from Marple. If and when ASDA comes to town traffic will travel to Marple thus converging. Whether there will be gridlock as newspaper hysteria asserts remains to be seen but traffic problems will not be alleviated they will be exacerbated.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Harry on August 20, 2012, 11:04:23 AM
Simone, you appear to have misread my post. I said that the traffic problems of Hazel Grove and Bredbury will be alleviated. I made no mention of Marple traffic.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Franz on August 21, 2012, 05:47:39 PM
Sadly, Simone, this appears to be LibDem hysteria rather than newspaper hysteria. Anyone who attempts to base an argument on a comparison between the traffic problems in Hazel Grove and those in Marple hasn't really got anything useful to say. It is a shame that statements like this are made before we see any estimates of traffic flows and proposals to deal with any increase. I can't see that it is possible to make a rational judgement without this information although it is of course possible to make irrational statements designed to arouse peoples fears.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: simonesaffron on August 21, 2012, 08:17:47 PM
No Alstan, it is definitely media hysteria.

I don't really see where the Libdems come into it, as a party anyway. Stunell and Alexander just happen to be Libdems but as has been said many times before on this site there are other Libdems who have not uttered a word thus far. I do agree that we need more information about traffic in general and about traffic control measures in particular but imho I do think that ASDA will bring much more traffic to Marple of that I have no doubt. 
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: admin on August 21, 2012, 09:39:16 PM
I don't really see where the Libdems come into it.........

"News Extra" is a Liberal Democrats publication, am I missing something?
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: simonesaffron on August 21, 2012, 11:23:23 PM
I don't really see where the Libdems come into it.........

"News Extra" is a Liberal Democrats publication, am I missing something?

You most certainly are if you believe that what appears in it represents the view of all Libdems on this issue. It's exactly the same as believing that any party publication represents the views of all of its members all the time. To my mind it represents the view of the local MP and one local Councillor. Party reflective, I'll grant you but hardly conclusive and certainly not unanimous.       
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Franz on August 22, 2012, 07:14:22 AM
Simone, like admin I do not understand your point. Although it does not reflect the views of every member of the party the "gridlock" comment appeared in an official Libdem newsletter published, I believe, by the local constituency association.

I find it rather sad since the party has a reputation for taking the high moral ground on many issues but, in this case, they are being manipulative. "Gridlock" is an emotive word applicable to traffic paralysis. It is printed in bold in a large font and appears to be the word that the author wishes to impact on the reader, perhaps to play on their emotions rather than their reason.

Would Marple be paralysed as a result of this development? It seems unlikely but we need more information before reaching a conclusion. The only estimate I have heard is 240 traffic movements to and from the store at peak time on a Saturday. That is just 2 vehicles per minute in each direction which doesn't seem too horrendous, especially when you consider that some of those vehicles will head south from the store, away from Marple. Marple's traffic problems are largely confined to the morning and evening rush when supermarket traffic would, I suspect, be much lighter.

I think deliveries might be more of an issue but, unlike some politicians, lets wait and see.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: wheels on August 22, 2012, 10:12:10 AM
I don't really see where the Libdems come into it.........

"News Extra" is a Liberal Democrats publication, am I missing something?

You most certainly are if you believe that what appears in it represents the view of all Libdems on this issue. It's exactly the same as believing that any party publication represents the views of all of its members all the time. To my mind it represents the view of the local MP and one local Councillor. Party reflective, I'll grant you but hardly conclusive and certainly not unanimous.       


And the views of the local MP are of no significannce at all. He is hardly part of the decision making process.
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: Dave on September 01, 2012, 11:23:55 AM
Our MP may indeed have no part to play in planning decisions such as this, but that doesn't mean his opinion doesn't matter. Whether we like it or not, MPs are 'opinion formers'. Mr Stunnell could so easily have spoken up for the only 6th form college in his constituency, and shown support for its admirable efforts to bring its facilities into the 21st century, but sadly he has conspicuously failed to do so :-(
Title: Re: Marple vs Supermarket - latest press coverage
Post by: wheels on September 01, 2012, 11:29:20 AM
Our MP may indeed have no part to play in planning decisions such as this, but that doesn't mean his opinion doesn't matter. Whether we like it or not, MPs are 'opinion formers'. Mr Stunnell could so easily have spoken up for the only 6th form college in his constituency, and shown support for its admirable efforts to bring its facilities into the 21st century, but sadly he has conspicuously failed to do so :-(

Of course Dave he is only interested in being a populist