It’s stifling competition, not considering welfare of Scunthorpe
A retail park that would bring 400 jobs, multi-million pound investments to the area and provide a much-needed better grade shopping facility for all is delayed because of fears of competition.
Opponents of the scheme believe it would have a devastating effect on Scunthorpe town centre as well as creating traffic and environmental issues.
Well let’s just cast a critical eye over that statement. The opponents in this case are Zurich Assurance on behalf of Threadneedle Investments, which own The Foundry Shopping Centre.
Bit of a clue in the name methinks. Investments, ergo a competitor with a huge vested interest in nothing more than the potential to lose revenue.
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I simply do not believe for even a millisecond that their cries of increased traffic and environmental issues are anything more than a ploy to stop the development in its tracks.
Why would a town centre investment company have concerns about traffic and environmental issues miles away from its base? I don’t believe it would.
In my opinion, it cares about potential lost revenue which is understandable but should not be masked by what I believe to be faux claims of concerns about environmental issues.
The ridiculous thing about all this is, even if by some wild remote chance the challenge was successful, it would have no positive impact on the town centre trading statistics anyway. Stopping the M&S retail park won’t help save the town centre.
All it will do is deprive the area of much-needed financial investment, more than 400 desperately needed extra jobs and a decent place to shop for the majority of us who currently have to travel further afield to do so.
In my opinion, this challenge has nothing to do with the welfare of the town or its environs and everything to do with stifling fair and effective competition. - David Fullard, Broughton