Phillip Leeder (Letters, 20 December 2017) appears to believe that a “small minority” of people in Reepham objected to the proposed convenience store on School Road.
However, from Les Patterson’s letter (8 January 2018) this does not appear to be the case.
The Town Council meeting that discussed the planning application was well attended by residents as well as business people.
Does Mr Leeder really believe that there is space in this small town for another small supermarket?
He may think that Spar’s prices are high, but does he consider the “convenience” of having this store so nearby?
The recent “Beast from the East” cold spell has certainly reinforced how well used and valuable this shop is, in addition to Robertson’s butchers, Diane’s Pantry, Meloncaulie Rose, Johnson’s, the Library, the Bircham Centre and Reepham Home Hardware, not to mention Motts Pharmacy.
Would any of these businesses survive if we had a Tesco’s, however small it might be?
The prices might be competitive to begin with – until all other shops had closed for lack of business. We might then see how high those prices might go.
Fortunately, we are not going to see this happen in the immediate future.
We have a small, exclusive and individual town centre with open shops, whose owners know their customers and give personal, friendly service.
Reepham might be growing (whether we like or not), but those new residents will be less likely to use the local amenities.
Many will work outside the town and shop in the larger supermarkets, where they can do their week’s or month’s shop in one, convenient trip. More houses will not mean we need more “convenience” stores.
I like Reepham because of its individuality, personal service and community spirit. I would like it to stay that way, but I know it will inevitably grow.
However, I don’t think that another small supermarket would do anything to benefit the town; it would more likely kill the local, individual businesses, and Reepham would lose its character, community feel and the heart it, at present, possesses.
I’m glad the planning application has been withdrawn. The site was originally designated for housing, in keeping with the existing properties.
We are constantly being told that we need more houses, so small plots of infill would help to provide some of those needs.
They might also prevent the need for a large development of 100 houses or more, which would certainly make a significant difference to the town.
Brenda R Palmer, Chapel Close, Reepham