The Masked Woler wrote: Steve wrote:
The Masked Woler wrote:How can a petition force Waitrose to stay in Hertford when they have already said they are leaving whatever?
Surely, if successful, the only effect will be to cost all those at Waitrose their jobs.
Did you actually read the petition? Where does it say anything about Waitrose? Or Hertford?
This is about scrutiny of a planning decision that goes against the council's own policies and counter to national planning guidelines.
I was going by quotes from Cll Sartin in the Mercury and previously as to the purpose behind the petition. She and others have made it quite clear what their intention is.
Whether there is mention of Hertford or Waitrose is irrelevant, we know what they are about and my comment stands - if the petition succeeds and Waitrose go all there will lose their jobs.
As for whether Waitrose will leave - will they be happy to have their plans thwarted and to be told where they must have stores by the council?
I don't think you've read or understand any of what this is about Masked Woler, other than reading the headlines and coming up with your own assumptions.
This is not about forcing Waitrose to stay which is obviously a ludicrous suggestion that neither the petition or Cllr Sartin's quotes in the Mercury mention at any stage, this is about the creation of an out of town supermarket which, as Steve said previously, goes against the council policy and national planning guidelines. Have no doubt, this will damage the towns or Hertford and Ware. As I'm sure you'll have seen on the Wareonline forum (http://www.wareonline.co.uk/discussion/ ... 4436#p4436
) there's already talk of local businesses suffering in Ware since the opening of Asda, and that's only a short walk from the high street, so imagine the affects of an out of town supermarket opening in the area.
With regards to potential job losses Waitrose are threatening should they not get their way on this, you're making further assumptions that Waitrose are being completely honest with the public that they are willing to walk away from Hertford and lose their presence in the local area at a time when they are investing heavily in opening new stores across the country over the next two years (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/stores/prope ... 55.article
), and that should this not all be bluff and bluster from Waitrose, that the 120 staff presently based in the Hertford store will all be willing and able to travel to an out of town supermarket to continue working for the company.