I was not surprised by the news that Sainsburys do not wish to rent or buy a large store to the south of the town centre. I have been asking the Council for sometime to get Sainsburys to sign an Agreement or accept they did not want the site.
I see their withdrawal as a good opportunity to rethink the total scheme. I have suggested to the Council going for less retail space, providing a larger green field open space at Elms Field, and concentrating more on lifting and improving the retail heart of the town which we already have. I am happy to intervene in Whitehall if government can assist, or if as MP I can help persuade or make contacts with those who can invest and help our town.