Pitsea redevelopment gets our full blessing

Florist Carol Turner - hopeful of a boost in trade

Florist Carol Turner - hopeful of a boost in trade

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BUSINESS owners in Pitsea are giving their backing to regeneration plans.

The scheme will mean large-scale changes to the town, including the building of a 75,000 sq ft Morrisons store.

Opposition councillors have condemned the plans, as there is already a large Tesco Extra superstore nearby. It will also mean Pitsea swimming pool is demolished to make way for the project.

Despite the news Morrisons would be moving in, some small Pitsea businesses are backing the project, saying it is just what the area needs to boost trade and bring more people into the heart of Pitsea.

Carol Turner, owner of World of Flowers in Broadway North, welcomed the news.

“I think it’s a brilliant idea in all honesty.

“I know it is controversial and I should be worried, as they will sell flowers, but I am sure it will do good things for the area.

“Pitsea could do with some regeneration anyway, and the plans I have seen look exciting. The more people, the better.”

Lucy’s Little’uns, in High Road, is run by Lucy Hallett and has been open almost a year. She said there is never a bad time for more business.

She added: “We sell children and baby clothes, so we are very much a niche seller.

“I don’t suppose Morrisons would sell baby clothes, so I won’t lose business but will have more people coming in. Pitsea could do with a spruce up.”

The owner of Hair Oasis, in High Road, also believes it is a good idea, citing increased footfall as the main reason for a business boost.

Azmy Farag said: “I believe it is a positive thing and outweighs the negatives. We are very close to the town centre, and although the building work may be negative initially, it will be a case of no gain, no pain.

“I am looking forward to the future.”

Under the plans, the pool, in Northlands Pavement, a row of shops, including Aldi and part of the market would make way for the new Morrisons, which could create 350 local jobs, and another 200 during its construction.

The plans will see Pitsea market being moved to the site of the former Railway Hotel. Work could begin next summer.

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1:13pm Sun 23 Sep 12

DEBT*COLLECTOR says...

I hope very much that the people of Pitsea stick together and boycott the new shops as they have threatend to do. There was thousands of names that were against the pool going and I hope very much the Pitsea people stand by their word and not use the new shops. GREED is the word from the coucillors of Pitsea and they never took notice of the real people of Pitsea. I hope all the new shops fall on their faces and go bust. Shame on you parasites.
I hope very much that the people of Pitsea stick together and boycott the new shops as they have threatend to do. There was thousands of names that were against the pool going and I hope very much the Pitsea people stand by their word and not use the new shops. GREED is the word from the coucillors of Pitsea and they never took notice of the real people of Pitsea. I hope all the new shops fall on their faces and go bust. Shame on you parasites. DEBT*COLLECTOR
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Sun 23 Sep 12

xxxdave says...

I am sure the area does not need another super store, should this go ahead it will affect the smaill traders in the area..... Superstores should only be located in remote areas for people that want to visit them. this way of moving forward is killing many Highstreets.
I am sure the area does not need another super store, should this go ahead it will affect the smaill traders in the area..... Superstores should only be located in remote areas for people that want to visit them. this way of moving forward is killing many Highstreets. xxxdave
  • Score: 6

7:50pm Sun 23 Sep 12

Jane D says...

How very short-sighted of the florist. Morrisons will put her out of business and others too, because they wiill sell things cheaper and be open longer hours, and have parking. Pitsea does not need another supermarket, we've got plenty already thanks, nobody asked us if we wanted another one. What we do deperately need is decent leisure/sport facilities and that includes a swimming pool! There is little enough to do in Pitsea and all the Tories want is to close down and sell what we do have.
How very short-sighted of the florist. Morrisons will put her out of business and others too, because they wiill sell things cheaper and be open longer hours, and have parking. Pitsea does not need another supermarket, we've got plenty already thanks, nobody asked us if we wanted another one. What we do deperately need is decent leisure/sport facilities and that includes a swimming pool! There is little enough to do in Pitsea and all the Tories want is to close down and sell what we do have. Jane D
  • Score: 7

7:49am Mon 24 Sep 12

DEBT*COLLECTOR says...

Jane D wrote:
How very short-sighted of the florist. Morrisons will put her out of business and others too, because they wiill sell things cheaper and be open longer hours, and have parking. Pitsea does not need another supermarket, we've got plenty already thanks, nobody asked us if we wanted another one. What we do deperately need is decent leisure/sport facilities and that includes a swimming pool! There is little enough to do in Pitsea and all the Tories want is to close down and sell what we do have.
The florist is a very nieve woman. I agree with this post, Morrissons will slaughter her business and wipe that sill smirky grin off her face. Foolish woman
[quote][p][bold]Jane D[/bold] wrote: How very short-sighted of the florist. Morrisons will put her out of business and others too, because they wiill sell things cheaper and be open longer hours, and have parking. Pitsea does not need another supermarket, we've got plenty already thanks, nobody asked us if we wanted another one. What we do deperately need is decent leisure/sport facilities and that includes a swimming pool! There is little enough to do in Pitsea and all the Tories want is to close down and sell what we do have.[/p][/quote]The florist is a very nieve woman. I agree with this post, Morrissons will slaughter her business and wipe that sill smirky grin off her face. Foolish woman DEBT*COLLECTOR
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Tue 25 Sep 12

CleverPoliticalSlogan says...

This women does know Morrison's sells flowers
This women does know Morrison's sells flowers CleverPoliticalSlogan
  • Score: 1

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