Warm welcome for Lidl’s plans to open in Bourne

The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001

The proposed site for a new Lidl store in Bourne. EMN-141217-173909001

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Budget retailer Lidl has asked for public feedback on plans to build a new supermarket in Bourne, creating up to 40 jobs.

The company announced on Tuesday that it wants to open next to the new McDonald’s and Sugar Mill pub, in the area off the A15 and Raymond Mays Way roundabout known as Gateway Park.

A Lidl spokesman said: “We’re extremely excited about the prospect of bringing one of our stores to Bourne and serving our fresh, quality produce to the local community.”

The spokesman said the new store would create up to 40 jobs. The store has been designed so it leaves space for a possible road to the east of the roundabout.

The spokesman added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support that we have received so far, and look forward to answering any questions at the consultation event in January.”

A public consultation on the plans will be held at Bourne Corn Exchange on January 8 from midday to 5.30pm.

Temple Garth, which hopes to develop the site has also set up an online feedback form at www.gopetition.com.

The company hopes to submit a planning application to South Kesteven District Council in January.

Temple Garth property director Paul McSorley said “We are delighted to be able to bring this proposal forward. We feel that delivering a new Lidl store, while preserving the route for an eastern link road presents the best possible offer for the town. This would be an ideal way to complete Gateway Park”.

We asked Local readers to give us their thoughts about Lidl’s plans on our Facebook page. More than 150 people responded, and most were in favour of the news.

Michelle Lound wrote: “Great news, Bourne needs competitors for Tesco.”

Owen Lucas said: “Competition is always good for the customer.”

Helena Gough wrote: “Love it. I already shop there every week.”

Angela Higgs was particularly excited, writing: “YES YES. It would save me travelling to Spalding every week to shop at Lidl for excellent quality, variety and lower cost.”

Serena Henderson said: “Yes please!!! Sick of driving to Stamford !”

Ana Ulyatt wrote: “Yes! It’s the only place I can get nappies that fit my little one!”

Jenny Pace said: “Fantastic news! It’s THE place I do my monthly shop, the big four are too expensive and the quality of Lidl food is just as good and the fresh meat is better than Sainsbury’s or Tesco.”

Ian Haver said: “Very good news, but wrong place.”

Claire Blythe added: “Never been but if it brings jobs and trade it can’t be bad - Shame it’s on the outskirts of town though.”

Jan Tyrrell wrote: “Brilliant, we need something cheaper plus saves going to Stamford.

“Not a bad place to put it either as Herons is good but carrying heavy bags to Burghley Arcade car park is a pain. Good shop, wrong place. Just hope the council approves it.”

And Sarah Louise Wood said: “Wow, I have never read a thread where everyone agrees!!! Lidl is a fab idea.”