‘Sainsbury’s will spoil uniqueness’

Marius Ciortan

Marius Ciortan

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CAMPAIGNERS against a new Sainsbury’s at the Cattle Market have formed a Facebook petition to fight the plans.

In last week’s Thame Gazette we revealed proposals from the supermarket giant to take over the historic site and since then 86 people have signed the petition.

The main argument is that Thame does not need another food store in the town and building such a big supermarket would ruin the uniqueness of the town.

Head of the partnership between Thame and Romanian twin town Sinaia, Marius Ciortan, formed the petition after hearing of the plans.

He said: “There is enough supermarkets in Thame to feed not only our town, but the surrounding villages as well.

“We want to raise the alarm within the community and make people aware of what is being planned.”

If the proposals go ahead it would see a store the size of the existing Waitrose being placed at the historic cattle market.

It would then allow for the popular market to be relocated to the larger Thame Showground site.

But the idea of building on the market has hit serious criticism from Mr Ciortan, who said: “The main problem is it will make Thame look like any other ugly town in the UK with a big superstore in the centre.

“We do not need something like this. Instead it we want the site to be for something which benefits the community – something like a theatre or more for Thame’s youth.”

Mr Ciortan’s view was mirrored by other petitioners on the site.

Sarah Hyde wrote: “Please, please a community centre for all to enjoy, or a bigger doctors.”

And Lesley Evans wrote: “Whatever goes in the cattle market, normal people will still go to Wheatley to shop at Asda.”

The petition will soon be passed on to the district and town councils. To view the petition, Google search stop Sainsbury’s in Thame.