Ruffley to chair key Asda meeting

Tuesday, 27 March, 2007

David Ruffley MP will be chairing a key meeting between Bury St Edmunds residents, local councillors and representatives from Asda on Friday 30 March at 7pm at County Upper School.

Residents from the Howard, Mildenhall and Westley estates have been vocal in their calls for a new supermarket on the former Co-Op site on Western Way.

Asda has submitted a planning application to St Edmundsbury Borough Council and this is likely to be considered in the early summer.

David said:

'Local people who live on the Howard, Mildenhall and Westley estates currently need to cross Bury St Edmunds to reach a large supermarket. They have been vocal in their calls for the provision of a supermarket on their side of the town and, in principle, Asda opening on the Western Way site would address this need.

'I understand the frustration felt by many residents that they are under catered for and, therefore, I am delighted to be chairing this key meeting on the possibility of an Asda store being built in our town.

'Proper consideration must be given to the impact any new supermarket will have on our environment and transport infrastructure in the town. These are factors that local councillors will need to keep in mind when they make a decision on Asda's planning application.

'I hope that we are able to make some progress on this important issue on Friday and aim to provide local residents with a platform to bring their needs and concerns to the attention of local councillors.'