Morrisons signs agreement to open new store

The Oxford Times: Morrisons signs agreement to open new store Morrisons signs agreement to open new store

MORRISONS have finalised plans to open a store in Wallingford, quashing fears it may pull out because of council demands.

The firm has signed a council section 106 agreement – which it had said was “challenging” – covering cash contributions to the town.

It won permission last July for a 30,000sqft store on the Hithercroft estate, creating 300 jobs.

Yet South Oxfordshire District Council said it must pay £750,000 over five years to fund a bus route linking the industrial estate to the town centre. And it demanded tough green standards so it had an “excellent” Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating.

Development executive Andrew Birtwistle said the demands were “challenging” and residents and town Mayor Bernard Stone raised concerns plans would be abandoned.

But Morrisons spokesman Alexander Hall said: “The section 106 agreement has now been concluded and signed with the council and we are currently awaiting receipt of the planning consent.

“There are still a number of steps to complete in this process and we thank shoppers for their patience.”

He could not give a start date.

Council leader Ann Ducker said: “Hopefully the agreement will benefit the town as a whole.

“Once permission has been all signed off we want them to get on with the project as soon as possible because it has been quite a while now that there has been a lot of uncertainty. It takes that uncertainty away and I expect Morrisons will now progress the scheme.”

She hopes it will be open next year.

Mayor Stone said: “People living in the town were enthusiastic to see Morrisons here and when things are delayed there is inevitable a big concern.

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“People were worried they might change their strategy.”

Castle Street resident Ros Lester said: “A lot of people have been asking about what is happening with that.

“I want it, a lot of the councillors want it, and most of Wallingford wants it, so we will be pleased when it starts.

“We have been waiting and waiting and waiting.”

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2:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

about time just build it and make sure the bus route goes to a decent bus company that can run its services on time!
about time just build it and make sure the bus route goes to a decent bus company that can run its services on time! yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Yeah, because stuffing hundreds of cars into Hithercroft's roads is going to wonders for bus punctuality... it isn't as if there's a bus garage there or anything...
Yeah, because stuffing hundreds of cars into Hithercroft's roads is going to wonders for bus punctuality... it isn't as if there's a bus garage there or anything... King Joke
  • Score: -5

3:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

Glad to see a quality supermarket move into our Tesco dominated area.
Glad to see a quality supermarket move into our Tesco dominated area. tinsel84
  • Score: 11

5:19pm Wed 16 Apr 14

HPG says...

Is it not down to a bus company to run a route/service as they are in the buissness to make money from it....sounds like a legal back hander/ golden handshake!
Its like Didcot putting Aldi off for the cost of redevelopment of a road junction and roundabout instead of paying for 2 no right turn signs!
People want these type of shops, why do the council try to stop them?
Is it not down to a bus company to run a route/service as they are in the buissness to make money from it....sounds like a legal back hander/ golden handshake! Its like Didcot putting Aldi off for the cost of redevelopment of a road junction and roundabout instead of paying for 2 no right turn signs! People want these type of shops, why do the council try to stop them? HPG
  • Score: 5

8:36pm Wed 16 Apr 14

King Joke says...

HPG, there are a small number of services in the County which are supported financially by the County Council, and this will be one of them. In the main though, as you say, bus services operate on a commercial basis and with routes planned by the bus companies. The supported services fill in some of the gaps where a commercial service is not possible.

Shops can be of benefit to people but so can bus services. Why not use the opportunity of inward investment to try and gain something for bus passengers? After all many of those on this route are likely to be travelling to the new supermarket.
HPG, there are a small number of services in the County which are supported financially by the County Council, and this will be one of them. In the main though, as you say, bus services operate on a commercial basis and with routes planned by the bus companies. The supported services fill in some of the gaps where a commercial service is not possible. Shops can be of benefit to people but so can bus services. Why not use the opportunity of inward investment to try and gain something for bus passengers? After all many of those on this route are likely to be travelling to the new supermarket. King Joke
  • Score: -1

9:53am Thu 17 Apr 14

HPG says...

And if they had refused? Would it still have been great thinking?
So what you are saying is, to really help and if there not commercial routes, they should be free! Or cheap not for profit! Other wise money donated is becoming instant profit for bus companys

This is the same with roads, new roads are built by housing devolopers otherwise no one can get to their houses, so council then never touch older roads.....any major road surface done properly? Pot hole repairs?
And if they had refused? Would it still have been great thinking? So what you are saying is, to really help and if there not commercial routes, they should be free! Or cheap not for profit! Other wise money donated is becoming instant profit for bus companys This is the same with roads, new roads are built by housing devolopers otherwise no one can get to their houses, so council then never touch older roads.....any major road surface done properly? Pot hole repairs? HPG
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Thu 17 Apr 14

goridebus says...

Shame they didn't think to ask us. We would have done it for £500k.
Shame they didn't think to ask us. We would have done it for £500k. goridebus
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Fri 18 Apr 14

King Joke says...

HPG wrote:
And if they had refused? Would it still have been great thinking?
So what you are saying is, to really help and if there not commercial routes, they should be free! Or cheap not for profit! Other wise money donated is becoming instant profit for bus companys

This is the same with roads, new roads are built by housing devolopers otherwise no one can get to their houses, so council then never touch older roads.....any major road surface done properly? Pot hole repairs?
I'm not sure you're going with your pot-hole argument so I'll leave that to one side.

I don't think it's the County's place to provide free buses. Subsidising paid-for ones costs them a few £million a year as it is. As for profit, remind me how a bus company would be able to operate without profit? Or even why it should? I don't notice any not-for-profit supermarkets or mobile phone providers.
[quote][p][bold]HPG[/bold] wrote: And if they had refused? Would it still have been great thinking? So what you are saying is, to really help and if there not commercial routes, they should be free! Or cheap not for profit! Other wise money donated is becoming instant profit for bus companys This is the same with roads, new roads are built by housing devolopers otherwise no one can get to their houses, so council then never touch older roads.....any major road surface done properly? Pot hole repairs?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure you're going with your pot-hole argument so I'll leave that to one side. I don't think it's the County's place to provide free buses. Subsidising paid-for ones costs them a few £million a year as it is. As for profit, remind me how a bus company would be able to operate without profit? Or even why it should? I don't notice any not-for-profit supermarkets or mobile phone providers. King Joke
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Chilloxon says...

The only uncertainty in this whole process that Ann Ducker refers to was that that was interjected into the whole process by her flunky John Cotton. If he hadn't had his amendment to raise the BREEAM standard to Excellent passed by a bunch of councillors many of whom didn't have a clue what they were voting for, this whole thing would have been well on its way months ago.
The only uncertainty in this whole process that Ann Ducker refers to was that that was interjected into the whole process by her flunky John Cotton. If he hadn't had his amendment to raise the BREEAM standard to Excellent passed by a bunch of councillors many of whom didn't have a clue what they were voting for, this whole thing would have been well on its way months ago. Chilloxon
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Terrible! Fancy insisting that something be excellent!
Terrible! Fancy insisting that something be excellent! King Joke
  • Score: -1

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