Letter - I agree that supermarket would be disastrous

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I write in reply to Eric Cudworth’s letter in last week’s Express. How anyone could more possibly misrepresent my position on an issue I simply do not know.

Indeed he even misrepresents my position as quoted by your paper in the previous edition before that.

Firstly the report he mentions came before the council’s Regeneration and Economic Scrutiny Committee, of which I am a member. That is to say we were scrutinising, not promoting, the report. The clue’s in the name.

These meetings are open to the public, I did not see Mr Cudworth there, therefore he must have been basing his letter solely on the Express piece. In that vein let me help him get his facts right.

I did not compile, commission or endorse this report which was conducted by GVA property consultants to outline retail planning options for the council in line with the National Planning Policy Framework.

The very fact I was asking questions of the report shows that I felt there were issues that need to be addressed with it. I have never put forward an “argument” or “assertion” that Horbury needs a supermarket and to say otherwise is blatantly untrue.

I clearly stated for the record and the Wakefield Express picked up on my comment, ‘What steps are being taken to protect small and independent businesses?’ How on earth that can be construed as let’s have a multi-national supermarket in Horbury I simply do not know? It is the polar opposite. Nobody wants a supermarket in Horbury, it would have a disastrous impact on the town centre.

The fact is independent shops and small business are Horbury’s lifeblood, they are one of the town’s unique selling points and draw many people in from across the Wakefield area and further afield.

Perhaps Mr Cudworth would care to check his facts next time or actually ask me what my position is on an issue, before inventing a complete falsehood.

If anything about my position on this isn’t clear I invite him to come to my next surgery on Saturday December 7, 10:15-11:30am at Horbury Library to discuss it.

Coun Jack Hemingway

Horbury and South Ossett