Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson to meet with Sainsbury's

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is set to meet Sainsbury's chiefs in May to discuss the supermarket giant's plans for Crosby.

Although Sainsbury's plans for a large scale expansion of their Crosby Village store were rejected by Sefton Council planning committee last summer, at a recent meeting with chief executive Justin King the pair discussed revised plans which are currently on the drawing board.

Speculation is rife that Sainsbury's will not resubmit more sympathetic plans after it was revealed they were not appealing last summer's rejection.

But Bill said Mr King indicated otherwise.

Bill said: "I had a very interesting discussion in Parliament with Justin King who made clear to me that they were looking at alternative plans for the Crosby Village store.

"I made clear to him at that time that he needed to consult with the residents of Crosby to make sure that the plans they submitted were what our community wanted.

"I will be meeting with Sainsbury's again in May to discuss where they are with the plans and make sure that the community is very much part of the plans being submitted by the supermarket chain.

"It is in no one's interests for the current neglect of Crosby Village to continue but we need Sainsbury’s to address the concerns raised by the size and location of the plans they submitted last year."

Bill said he was confident that the town centre will be redeveloped because of what Sainsbury’s told him.

Bill said: "I'm out each and every week with Diane Roberts and Ben Winstanley from the Crosby Labour Action Team and with Cllr Steve McGinnity and I hear what the people of Crosby are saying about the Village. They want investment, but they don't want it to be at the expense of the people who live, work and shop there now.

"That is the message which I have already taken back to Justin King and which i will reiterate when I meet them in May. I refuse to do what some others are currently doing and talk down Crosby.

"This is a fantastic community and there is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to thrive. I'm sure that Sainsbury's can already see that, but I will re-emphasise that point during the meeting.

"Crosby Village was once a thriving centre and I know it can be again."

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