Save Our Shops Hebden Bridge calls for support at Planning Committee meeting

Save Our Shops (SOS) Hebden Bridge are calling for people to support their campaign when Calderdale Council Planning Committee consider Sainsburys’ amendments to their planning application for the Old Fire Station site on Valley Road (Ref 13/01542/FUL) in Hebden Bridge.

The date of this Committee Meeting has not yet been set, but the Calderdale Planning Officer, Richard Seaman, has told SOS Hebden Bridge member Hilary Chadwick that it will be either on the 5th August, or on the 26th August – the day after the bank holiday. Planning Committee meetings take place in Halifax Town Hall and ones that are likely to interest the public usually are scheduled for 6pm.

Sainsburys have taken more than 4 months to submit this extra information and now they are pushing for a speedy outcome. Continue reading

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Like to find out more about HB and Tod Self Build group? Meeting Sunday 9th March, 2pm

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Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Self-Build Community Interest Company (HATS) are having a meeting for potential new members of Hebden & Tod self build to come and find out more about them.
The meeting is Sunday 9th March in Todmorden Community Resource Centre on Lever street (Next to Marios garage at the corner of Lever street car park.) 2p.m- 4.30 p.m where they will be giving a presentation on who they are, and what they hope to achieve.



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Was Calderdale Licensing Subcommitttee in breach of Council’s own licensing policy?

This is a genuine question to which, at the time of writing, UCV Plain Speaker didn’t know the answer.

Now, thanks to the wonders of social media, Dave Taylor, a Green Councillor in York, has provided an answer. In short, the answer is no. The reason why is outlined below, in the section “York Councillor Dave Taylor comes up with the answers”.

The question arose because UCV Plain Speaker was in search of reasons why, at the Calderdale Licensing Subcommittee meeting on 13th February 2014, the Chair and the Calderdale Council Solicitor repeatedly refused to allow various objections from Hebden Bridge residents to the Sainsbury’s Local alcohol licence application for its as-yet non-existent Valley Road store,
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Non-existent Sainsbury’s Local gets its alcohol licence

Calderdale Council Licensing Subcommittee has approved a licence for the sale of alcohol between 7am-11pm, 7 days a week at Sainsbury’s Local on Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, even though the store hasn’t yet got planning permission.

At the licence application hearing on 13th February, the solicitor representing Sainsbury’s said,

“If you took alcohol out of the store, the incremental impact is very significant. I’m virtually sure that Sainsbury’s Local wouldn’t open this store if it didn’t get the alcohol licence.”

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28th February deadline for public comment on Hebden Bridge Sainsbury’s Local Planning Application- NOT 12th February as previously reported

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Correction and clarification – deadline for public comment on Hebden Bridge Sainsbury’s Local Planning Application is 28th February NOT 12th February as previously reported.
Daniel Child, Senior Planner at Calderdale Council, has emailed clarification about the deadline for comments on the Sainsbury’s Local planning application 13/01542/FUL.  Daniel’s email says:

“the last day for public comment to be safe it is guaranteed to be taken into account will be 28th February“

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Hebden Bridge Coop is cheapest of town’s supermarkets & convenience stores

A price survey for a representative basket of grocery and household items, carried out last week by SOS Hebden Bridge, has found that the Hebden Bridge Coop is the clear winner on price, with the basket of goods costing £28.58. This is 24% cheaper than at Sainsbury’s Local in Mytholmroyd.

The SOS Hebden Bridge survey report says,

“Overall, the same basket cost most at Sainsbury’s in Mytholmroyd (£35.46) then One Stop (£34.84), then Oasis (£34.23). then cheapest, by quite a margin, £28.58 at the Co-op. This is £6.88 (or 24%) cheaper than Sainsbury’s.”

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New supermarkets destroy more jobs than they create – open letter to Craig #Whittaker MP

Dear Craig Whittaker,

I question your statement, reported in the Hebden Bridge Times, that a proposed new supermarket to be developed on the Mytholm Works site will create new jobs.

In fact, new large supermarkets destroy more jobs than they create. One source of evidence for this is the paper “Superstores and Employment in Retailing” by Dr David Thorpe, Head of Research, John Lewis Partnership, October 1999.
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#Hebden Royd Town Council votes to refuse #Sainsbury’s Local planning application

Hebden Royd Town Council has voted to refuse a planning application for a Sainsbury’s Local and five townhouses on the old fire station site on Valley Road.
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