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Shop trade fears over online bid

By EPerkins1  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

By Liz Perkins

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THE affect a new online shopping service at a Gorseinon supermarket will have on other businesses in the town have divided opinion among town councillors.

Some have raised concerns that the scheme at the town’s Asda store will have a knock-on effect for independent traders.

But others say they do not have an issue with it.

Councillors were asked to put forward their views on a proposal for signs for a click and collect canopy for the store, along with a customer collection building.

Councillor Andrew Stevens, during the meeting at The Institute in Lime Street, Gorseinon, said he had fears over the impact the service would have.

He said: “It’s just one more thing to cripple the high street. “

Meanwhile, councillor Elwyn Davies said he believed the store should not have been given the go-ahead in the first place.

Councillor Malcolm Curtice added: “They do what they want to do, these people.”

He said more than 30 restrictions had been placed on the store when it was first proposed.

If the new scheme is given the go-ahead there would be an entrance sign, along with four illuminated signs placed on the collection building.

There will also be two wall- mounted information signs about the service.

Town clerk John Millard said the canopy would take away “at least four spaces.”

Lorraine Davies, deputy mayor of Gorseinon, said she believed there was no issue over the plan.

“It’s taking a few parking spaces but I can’t see a problem personally,” she said.

“We do not have many of these retail shops in the high street now.”

Pam Morgan, Gorseinon mayor, said: “I do not see how we can object as people already order online.

“I do not think we have any genuine reason to object to the canopy.”

But she said she would be concerned if the new service impacted on the area of Heol y Mynydd.

“I would object if the traffic came back on the lights as it would impede me from coming out from my property,” she added.

Clerk John Millard said he would make clear to Swansea Council that members were not objecting to the scheme, but he would put forward their concerns in his letter to the authority.

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  • charioteer17  |  April 07 2014, 12:14PM

    Aw bless a special place for the elderly and disabled to meet for a chat and a cuppa. Would being patronized be on the menu as well?

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  • 3l1zab3th  |  April 06 2014, 1:31PM

    Correct, Lorraine Davies, there are not may retail outlets in Gorseinon now, that the changes ASDA want to introduce, would effect. Why don't Gorseinon Town Council get together & work on doing something positive, in Gorseinon, to improve things, rather than looking how to stop any little thing? B&M Stores, who were intending to come to Gorseinon & would have bought a lot of foot fall, have changed their decision, them having been told prior to Christmas they'd have to agree to a rent increase. Now the building will remain empty for the foreseeable future, possibly like many buildings around Swansea, it'll remain empty forever & collect no rent at all. Gorseinon needs something that is going to fetch people in & then whilst they're here, the other traders have the opportunity to try attracting them to visit their business. Perhaps look to the possibility of getting a facility in the old Somerfield, where the elderly & disabled can pass some time weekdays, have a chat over a cuppa etc. You could introduce other groups in the future. Have a minibus collection & return service to their homes, available at a cost, if they want to use it. You could then get them to agree to participate in things at the venue, to benefit others, whilst keeping them busy eg Knit a Square (they have a facebook page), people knit or crochet a square & some one puts them altogether & makes a blanket for the homeless. It'll give people a purpose to get out of their home, many such people probably don't go outside their homes. The local authority will just say we haven't got the money, undoubtedly, but try getting some private organisations together, to work on this. Some traders in Gorseinon might appreciate the opportunity to also help support such a scheme, in a small way, thereby getting their name spread around. With the size of the building, you could arrange a few things go one, at any one time, involving different people/interests. Yes I appreciate this sort of thing, the Canolfan centre could be used for, but it takes thought & money, something I don't think Gorseinon Town Council can assist with, they can tell us why this or that should be allowed to happen. Don't stick a huge rent on any potential interested parties, as then they'll again just go away.

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  • geek-police  |  April 06 2014, 12:05PM

    It's pouring with rain - Shall I traipse around the shops, or place my order online and have them deliver to my door? "...Divided Opinion..." - Really? . Glad to see the EP is on top form with spelling and grammar, as pointed out by my learned friends in the previous comments... EPerkins1 would be better off pushing trollies at said supermarket.

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  • hoppsnskips  |  April 06 2014, 11:33AM

    Beat me to it, Gwyddno. Embarrassing or what?

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  • Gwyddno  |  April 05 2014, 6:36PM

    Never mind how the "affect" a new online shopping service "have" divided opinion, what about the effect it has?

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