People have their say as the store plans go on display

Locals question Asda staff about plans for the new store on Halifax Road, Todmorden, at the public exhibition in Todmorden Town Hall
Locals question Asda staff about plans for the new store on Halifax Road, Todmorden, at the public exhibition in Todmorden Town Hall

INTERESTED members of the public called in at Todmorden Town Hall to view Asda’s proposal for a new store on Halifax Road.

The plans went on public display last week and many people took the opportunity to inspect the designs and artist’s impressions of the proposed supermarket.

Representatives from Asda were also on hand to answer their questions.

Asda held the event after the public inquiry into the supermarket proposal was adjourned due to criticism of the level of consultation that had been conducted.

The inquiry is scheduled to reconvene later in the year.

If the appeal is successful, Asda would build a 20,000 sq ft store.

Up to 160 new jobs would be created. The proposal includes provision for 173 car parking spaces.

Philip Bartram, Asda senior property communications manager, said: “Our plans represent a significant investment in Todmorden and give more supermarket choice to shoppers in the town.”

But opponents say the plans would harm existing town centre businesses.

At the inquiry last month Asda confirmed that, whatever the outcome of the appeal, it will not build a store on the site of the Abraham Ormerod Centre and former Olympia cinema, on Burnley Road, for which it already has planning permission.

At the consultation event on Friday, Asda staff asked people what they would like to see developed on the Burnley Road site.