Labour MP Bill Esterson calls on Sainsbury's to attend meeting w

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is calling on Sainsbury's to attend a meeting in Crosby with local businesses, councillors and residents to discuss its future plans for the Village.

 
The supermarket giant has announced that it will not go ahead with plans to build a new store in Crosby Village, but they have confirmed that they will make improvements to the new store.
 
Bill now wants to discuss with the company what it plans to do with the rest of Crosby Village, much of which Sainsbury's owns.
 
Bill said: "Over the coming weeks I will be speaking to Sainsbury's head of town planning Sue Willcox and the Crosby store manager Adrian Coverdale to ask them to come to a meeting to discuss what plans they now have for the Village.
 
"Sainsbury's has bought up much of the Village which they were planning to incorporate into their new store development, but now those plans have been dropped, we need to know what their plans are now.
 
"They have given reassurances that they plan to 'responsibly' manage the properties in Crosby Village which they own, which is good news, but there's also lots of vacant land which needs to be developed.
 
"I hope to be able to get all the stakeholders together, including Sainsbury's, local councillors, council officers and Crosby residents, to discuss ways in which the Village can be redeveloped."
 
Bill said he was determined to see the Village regenerated for the good of the whole community.
 
Bill said: "We now need to all work together to get the best for the people of Crosby.
 
"There's lots of possibilities to make improvements in Crosby Village, but there's a lot of work ahead of us to see that come to reality.
 
“The plans for a huge store in Crosby were rejected by the planning committee and faced overwhelming public opposition. I was surprised that Sainsbury’s didn’t appeal against the planning decision as they must have had advice that in planning terms they had every chance of winning an appeal. 

 
"Perhaps the numbers didn’t stack up for the proposed store after all. Either way, Sainsbury’s is a crucial part of the future of Crosby and I still hope that they will come back to Crosby and work with the community to the benefit of people in Crosby and to the benefit of Sainsbury’s."

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