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Hayle retail park plan 'would be good for town centre'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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A £30 MILLION retail development at Hayle could be good, not bad, for the town centre, local business leaders insist.

Some objectors to the plan by Cranford Developments – which would see Debenhams and other large retailers move into Marsh Lane – have said it will spell the end of the high street, but some Hayle businesspeople say it could have the opposite effect.

The president of Hayle Chamber of Commerce, Jeremy Joslin, said the development could help small businesses as it would attract new visitors to the town, and the chamber was focusing on the benefits schemes such as this could bring, including jobs for people in Hayle.

"We're being very positive about it," he said. "We've survived the M&S and we've survived the Lidl and we haven't lost anything. We're an example to all the rest of Cornwall, because our shops are full."

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Mr Joslin said with Asda being built on South Quay, development at both ends of Hayle could draw people through the town centre. "We didn't really want the supermarket on South Quay, but instead of moaning we just said, 'Let's be positive about this; let's work with it. We need some way of getting people to go through the town. Everyone will want to come round the new Hayle'."

Rob Taft, owner of Meritorious Cards and Crafts, said he wasn't worried about the scale of the proposed development.

"People have always shopped outside of Hayle, going to Truro and Penzance," he said. "It'll bring people in who've never thought of coming to Hayle and hopefully they'll stay and discover what the place has."

Mr Taft said with Asda opening directly opposite his Penpol Terrace shop, he could see only the benefits the extra footfall would bring to other small businesses through the town.

Blushhh Lingerie's owner Bini Barnes said her trade had increased since the West Cornwall Shopping Park was developed: "Any development is good for the town.

"Anything that will bring more people to the town is good. Everyone needs a bit of healthy competition. I'm all for it."

However, Claire Wilkins, who owns ladies' fashion store Dune Boutique, said if Cranford Developments won approval the whole town would struggle. "There's only so much spending power in an area," she said. "People won't stop and shop in little shops with all that going on at either end of town. It'll pull the town apart. I think we'll see lots of shops boarded up."

Ms Wilkins, who has had the shop on Fore Street for ten years, said she was extremely worried that free parking at out-of-town retailers would stop customers coming to her store altogether, as parking was already a problem on the high street.

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  • rodgers147  |  February 04 2014, 4:00PM

    Well said elleyc! Look at what these developments do to other towns there are a lot of short sited people out there after the quick retail fix, can't help thinking when they are stuck in the worsening traffic jams for 40 minutes they will pipe down. Have a look at what a very similar development did to Newton Abbot, it is so wrong to expand outwards until you have developed the centres of towns.

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  • elleyc  |  February 04 2014, 11:49AM

    It may bring some temporary benefits to the area, but there will come an over-saturation point, if it has not already been reached. People only have so much money to spend and the more large corporations that arrive on this small fragile and sparsely populated peninsula the less will be left for the local economy. Perceived benefits such as employment are off-set by the loss of capital generated by large corporations, only about 20p in every pound being returned to the local economy. Basically they asset strip. The only way to sustain their presence is by an ever growing population (preferably rich) and ingress of visitors, ultimately unsustainable unless we wish Penwith to become a metropolis or playground resort. There is no future planning or any consideration for the real consequences for the region by the local authority or business leaders by allowing the bulk of development to be in the hands of these large and greedy corporations and developers. Loss of autonomy and the ability for the local population to have a say in the development and nature of the environment in which they live is one consequence, prolific overdevelopment and the waste of valuable resources for a disproportionate gain in benefit another. I would say Yorkie1957 that St Ives is no longer a desirable place to live given the unfettered overdevelopment of the town in recent years. Let's hope the same fate does not befall Hayle.

  • yorkie1957  |  February 04 2014, 8:36AM

    I'm all in favour of this new retail park and believe it will be a good thing for Hayle. This development,and indeed the very much welcome Asda will actually bring people into Hayle. I've never found parking a problem at the Copperhouse end of Hayle-thanks to the large car park at the Co-op (although I always shop in there after a quick look in the local shops I must add.) As for Foundry end-how is anyone who comes in by car actually meant to shop there? Half an hour free roadside parking allows me to,at a push,walk down to the bank and perhaps pick up a paper on the way back to the car. I will not pay car park charges to use the shops,bank and post office there-I may as well drive into Penzance or Camborne and pay for parking there instead.I'm looking forward to shopping at Asda and having the opportunity to pop over and use the local shops in one journey into Hayle. Hayle will prosper with these developments whatever the doom-mongers say. It's about time money was spent here.Hayle may even become a very desirable place to live and work and a successful holiday destination in its own right -not a place to stay because it's close to St Ives and the A30!

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