So Where Is The Stapleford Aldi ?
Plans for a new Adli store in Stapleford hang in the balance now it has been asked to look at different sites in the town.
Aldi carried out a CONSULTATION at The Meeting Place on its multi-million pound plans for a new food store at the Pinfold Trading Estate, off Nottingham Road, back in September 2014.
Aldi had hoped to submit the planning application by the end of the month but has criticised Broxtowe Borough Council for asking it to now look at new sites.
One of which is the former Police Station on Toton Lane, which is currently owned by Broxtowe Borough Council.
A spokesman for Aldi said: “It is disappointing we may have to review our plans for Stapleford. We hoped after over eight months of discussions the officers’ reservations about the initial design had been resolved. It is frustrating that at this stage we are now being asked to look at alternative sites.”
The store would create 40 much needed jobs and have 121 car parking spaces. Aldi says if it set up shop at the former police station, parking provision would be reduced to 32 spaces.
Aldi also says it has had a positive feedback about its proposals at the Pinfold Trading Estate following the consultation carried out at The Meeting Place.
Steve Barber, vice chair of the development control committee and Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “Concerns exist that this, an out of town shopping centre, could take business away from the main shopping district. Our core strategy is to maintain the retail activity on our high streets.”
Stapleford Councilor Richard MacRae says ” Allowing Aldi to build where they want to build on the Pinfold Trading Estate would be the ideal place, it won’t take trade away from the Town Centre, what it will do is bring life to that end of Stapleford and also encourage people to shop along from The Roach up to the Aldi store, it could encourage other businesses to take up the empty units along Nottingham Road too and it would be great for The Meeting Place and any future planned development for the former Whitley Mill site”
Jacky Williams, leader of Stapleford Town Council, added: “Stapleford residents would welcome an Aldi in the town and I would like to see their detailed plans.
“I would also like to see the town centre and the former police station developed, whether that’s by Aldi or not.”
Councillor Richard MacRae also says that “many people don’t want to see the former Police Station knocked down, it’s part of the history of our great town and instead of being knocked down it should be converted for future use but retain the character of the original building”
“I also don’t think local residents will be happy to hear that the only public toilets in the Town Centre could also be closed down too as part of the plans to so called develop the former Police Station site, not to mention the loss of two Community Centres”
Stapleford Conservative Councillor John Longdon said “It should stay at the Pinfold Estate because putting any such shop at The Roach would not be good for people crossing to and from the shop” he was very concerned about that the Council are doing.
Whilst Stapleford Labour Councillor John McGrath went on to say that “I fully support Councillor Richard MacRae with what he has said and I also agree it should be placed where Aldi want to build on Pinfold Industrial Estate”
Anne Rogers, 42, who lives in Mill Road, was impressed by the proposals.
She said: “It will be very convenient for me to use the store and I know it’s a good way to save money. It will be great to have a cheap grocery store right on the doorstep.
“It’s also great that it’s going to bring more jobs to the area.”
The Rev Dave Mansfield, of Wadsworth Road, also attended the meeting.
The 58-year-old said: “I think it’s great – this end of town needs brightening up and it seems like this will lift the neighbourhood.
“My wife loves Aldi, so she will be very pleased. It will mean more business for Stapleford and more jobs for local people.”
Pauline Frost, 68, of Talbot Drive, added: “Aldi seems to have taken off in recent years and a lot of people like it.
“I like the products and they are good value for money. I will certainly use the store if it does get built.”
Richard Conway, property manager at Aldi, said the new branch would be a typical five-aisle Aldi store with 106 car parking spaces.
He said: “We’re hoping this store will bring a lot of people who shop at Aldi back into the area. At the moment, they have to go to Long Eaton or Ilkeston.
“We also hope it will bring far more links with local businesses such as greengrocers and butchers, as well as jobs for local people. Our aim is to help revitalise the area.”
We was going to release an article yesterday then put it off until tomorrow, but after reading the article linked below on The Nottingham Post website we have just written this and used some parts from various coverage about Aldi from past articles off The Nottingham Post.