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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Albert Parade protest goes to Sainsbury’s London HQ

October 30, 2013 5:18 PM

On Wednesday this week a group of supporters from the 'Keep Albert Parade Special' campaign visited the Sainsbury's London Head Office to deliver a 4300+ signature petition in opposition to the retail chain opening a new supermarket at the Drive Pub in the Old Town area of Eastbourne.

The cross-community campaign has been led by the local MP, Stephen Lloyd. He said: "What makes Albert Parade Special is that it is almost unique across the whole South East in that it retains the key four traditional shops - a butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer and baker - and we believe that if Sainsbury's push ahead with opening a new store just off Albert Parade, these wonderful, independent shops could face a devastating knock-on effect. Albert Parade could become like any other identikit row of shops, losing its traditional flair, and that would be such a shame. It's also unnecessary - Albert Parade is a lovely, popular and highly successful parade, so we're asking Sainsbury's Senior Managers - 'do the right thing here for our community; surely not everything in life should be about profit?' "

Cliff Heath, second generation Albert Parade Butcher added: "Heath's Butchers was founded by my father in Albert Parade many decades ago. We're proud to serve the residents of Old Town and we are proud to retain the old fashioned high quality values as an award-winning local butcher. Its time these massive supermarket goliaths recognised that just because they can, doesn't mean they should! Hand's off Albert Parade!"

Old Town Councillor Carolyn Heaps said: "Our customers have been fantastically supportive since Sainsbury's announced they were building a supermarket on the site of the Drive Pub. With over 4000 signatures collected just from Old Town, it demonstrates the strength of feeling we have to keep Albert Parade special. That's also why we're delivering loaves of bread, a fish, vegetables and meat to the Sainsbury's HQ in London. We believe if the supermarket opens, our traditional shops will fade away, so the traders, residents and community of Old Town, Eastbourne have a clear message for Sainsbury's: think about what you are doing - do you really want to be known as the company that turned Albert Parade into 'any parade UK'?"

Green Street resident Mrs Brenda Nuttall added: "I wanted to come up to London today to show Sainsbury's the depth of feeling by residents against their plans. It is the local people who will suffer the most when our fantastic shops are forced out of business. All the residents love the sense of community and identity on Albert Parade and we will all be devastated if Sainsbury's forces our street to change for the worst."