Labour MP Bill Esterson gets assurances from Sainsbury's they wi

Bill Esterson

 

Crosby's Labour MP Bill Esterson got assurances from Sainsbury's this week that the supermarket giant would fully consult with the community before submitting revised plans for its Village store.

Sainsbury's original plans for the Crosby Village store were rejected by Sefton Planning Committee last summer.

But now the company is preparing to make a revised application.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson met with Sainsbury's head of planning Sue Willcox and zone director for the North of England Dean Clegg in Parliament last week.

Bill said the meeting was frank and productive.

Bill said: "The meeting was very interesting. Dean Clegg and Sue Willcox both listened to all of the concerns which residents and the A Better Crosby group had passed on to me and made a note of them.

"They are currently relooking at the Crosby Village site and will be redrawing their plans. But before they submit anything, they have assured me that they will consult with the community and listen to all of the viewpoints before making a final decision the plans."

Bill said he fully backed the community's concerns and said he wanted to see Sainsbury's devise plans which were sympathetic to the rest of the Village.

Bill said: "Throughout this long-running saga, I spoke to numerous people who told me that they had very fond memories of growing up in Crosby and visiting the village as children. They wanted that aspect of the shopping centre saved.

"Now we all know that Sainsbury's is a business and they want to make money, but it is in no-one's interests if they do come in and turn the Village into Sainsbury'sville as some people have called it.

"We want a thriving town centre of numerous businesses with Sainsbury's playing a large part in that.

"This is the point I put to them and which they appeared to be very receptive to.

"So I look forward to the next couple of months when I will be attending the meeting which will include representatives of Sainsbury's and key stakeholders from the community, including representatives from the A Better Crosby group.

"They explained to me that Sainsbury's see this as a fresh start for their ambitions for Crosby."