Uttlesford MP Sir Alan Haselhurst questions the need for a new Sainsbury's superstore in Saffron Wal

PUBLISHED: 10:45 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 22:02 31 May 2010

SAFFRON Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst has questioned the need for a new superstore in the town. Sir Alan held a meeting with Sainsbury s developers at his Parliament office on Tuesday in light of the supermarket giants plans to build a 44,000sq ft store

SAFFRON Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst has questioned the need for a new superstore in the town.

Sir Alan held a meeting with Sainsbury's developers at his Parliament office on Tuesday in light of the supermarket giants' plans to build a 44,000sq ft store on the Granite Site, Thaxted Road.

During the hour-long discussion, he said that traffic will be a major factor because customers will not use the bus.

"I have not seen nor heard of any objections or outrage yet so the plans seem to be okay," he said.

"My job is to reflect the opinion of my constituents and make sure that the people making the decisions near the top know of any concerns should there be any.

"I do not have any problems with the idea at this stage, but if people lobby me that may change."

He insisted that the £1.4million heritage quest centre, which is earmarked for the same site, should be built without any further delays and indicated that a petrol station for the site would still be a good idea if at all possible.


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