Supermarkets – Calls and Letters

In the role of an Councillor you get a lot of correspondence from various parties. Some are local, they come under complaints, planning issues (for and against) and they odd thank you letter. It’s always nice to receive the later. The other types are from the larger organisations who have in the last few years really geared up their correspondence to elected officials.

The latest company to send me letters is Sainsbury’s. It seems they are making a huge investment (you could argue if you call it investment) into Cornwall. In the last week I have received 3 different letters and two phone calls from them. If they speak to me I am very careful in what I say, especially as I sit on Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee. I reply. Thank you for your call etc, but please understand I can’t comment at the moment, but  I will look forward to your application etc. 

Out of all the supermarkets I have dealt with Sainbury’s has the correspondence down to a T. It also seems that they are also willing to hand over large amounts of cash to local councils as ‘town improvements’.   Helston received £400,000 from Sainbury’s (Tesco also gave £400k). Word is that similar figures are being offered to local councils for town improvements if they support their applications. I will leave it up to you how you see these payments, but at least these supermarkets are not just saying we are coming here, so tough.

Supermarkets are here to stay, we have made sure of that by using them. If people did not turn their backs on the high street 20 odd years ago then maybe there would be more shops flourishing in our town centres. I have had correspondence in connection with Penzance, Wadebridge and Falmouth. The final one today was in connection with a new build for a Sainsbury’s in Falmouth.

One comment

  • Anonymous

    There are some very valid comments here.
    We all need supermarkets and we all use them.

    Tesco have had a monopoly on many Cornish towns over the past decade which I believe has lead to complacency amongst its management.

    Surely another supermarket can only offer more choice and a better comparison on price, which can only be a good thing for consumers.

    Additionally, many supermarkets like Sainsburys now actively seek to work with local communities, particularly in sourcing local products where possible.

    We need to move with the times.
    Employers like Sainsburys should not always be seen as negative entities. There are many opportunities that companies such as these can offer in an area where few are available.

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