THE chairman of Thame Cattle Market has spoken out in support of the proposed new Sainsbury’s superstore planned for the town centre.
In a letter to The Thame Gazette, Brian Lloyd said he was concerned that the needs of the agricultural community are being ignored in the debate surrounding the controversial supermarket.
He said: “Thame is a classic example of a traditional English market town and I believe the residents of Thame all agree it should remain so.
“The cattle market contributes towards this status as a market town and helps keep Thame unique.”
The cattle market has recently received a green light for a proposed move to the showground, which is reliant on Sainsbury’s moving into their old site in the town centre.
He said: “I cannot stress enough, the importance of the cattle market’s relocation to Thame Showground for its future.
“As I am sure you are aware, planning permission for the move was granted earlier this year. If Sainsbury’s proposals go ahead, it will fund the relocation of the cattle market to the Showground, helping secure our future in Thame.”
Mr Lloyd said he believed that contrary to some opinions, a new Sainsbury’s would benefit the shops in the town centre.
“A store of this size would allow a main food shop to be carried out in Thame, meaning it is more likely that people would visit other shops in the High Street.
“I think Sainsbury’s proposals would bring many benefits. Not only will they secure the relocation of the cattle market and safeguard its future in Thame, but they will also encourage more people to shop in our town centre.”
Meanwhile the debate continues as concerned resident Tom Rayfield wrote to The Thame Gazette, saying: “Thame needs a giant Sainsbury’s like a hole in the head. The existing Sainsbury’s and the Co-op are fine and the big Waitrose just down the road is excellent. They are quite enough for Thame.”
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