Council will explore Morrisons site lease
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2015
Clevedon Town Council has voted to explore the possibility of leasing the Morrisons supermarket site, after its closure was confirmed this week.
Morrisons in Queens Square will shut on November 29 and councillor David Shopland, as previously reported by the Times, suggested the site could be transformed into a civic and recreational centre.
However, Cllr Shopland told the town council at a meeting last week he currently only wants it to explore the ‘viability’ of buying or leasing the site in order to find the best possible solution for the town.
He said: “This is not a proposal to buy or lease Morrisons. It is a proposal to invite the council to see if we wanted to find out if it is viable, possible and necessary for Clevedon.
“The Triangle centre is, in a way, the heart of Clevedon. It controls the town centre and we have to be certain it is used for the best purpose for Clevedon.
“The decision when we know the facts and figures will be decided at another time and another place.”
The town council voted on October 21 in favour of exploring the viability of purchasing or leasing the site.
But not all councillors supported the idea, with some suggesting other businesses could find the location an attractive proposition and that the building should be retained for retail use.
Cllr Trevor Morgan urged members to focus on protecting the car park which he says is ‘key’ to the town centre and could be at risk if housing developers look to build on the site.
He said: “The car park is key to the problems we will have if it closes.
“With the drain on public use without parking facilities in the centre of town there would be a grave issue of whether the town can continue as it is.”
Cllr Jane Geldart warned that the council does not hold much power in the situation.
She said: “Our input is limited. We have to be realistic in terms of influencing and what we can actually do as a council.”
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