Tesco are today submitting plans for their proposed superstore in Holmfirth. As someone who lives just outside Holmfirth, I’m worried about the consequences for local businesses including the Co Ops in New Mill and Wooldale. However my biggest concern is the increased traffic a new store will create. I commute up New Mill Road and through New Mill 3 times a week and the roads are busy enough already.
I’ve been out knocking on doors in Holmfirth, New Mill, Wooldale and Scholes in recent weeks asking local residents what they think. As well as the big concerns over the future of local shops and transport issues, there are still many local people who say they want a new supermarket. Local jobs, the availability of a wide range of produce at competitive prices and a petrol station, were all given the thumbs up.
As the planning process and consultation now begins, it’s up to us to have our say and influence the way our community develops to the benefit of us all.