Campaigners map out their opposition
This map has been created by town councillor Rob Kenney from Keep Westbridge Park Green. Rob says the map – which is to scale – shows the impact on the park if a Morrisons-size supermarket is built and a new leisure centre the size of the new one in Stafford. It was posted on the Keep Westbridge Park Green website’s blog, where Rob wrote:
I have allowed a shared car park but would not envisage a supermarket being happy to share what would be a small car park for all the facilities. Unable to determine the size of a new medical centre that Cllr Philip Jones is proposing but it would take up a sizeable area and probably have to be put on the low-lying land where the fireworks are each year. The building between Morrisons and the play area on the map is the sewerage Pumping Station that would have to remain.
We could be possibly be left enough room to erect a May Pole to dance around at The Stone Festival and a couple of tables for the Food and Drink festival. Stafford Borough keep promising to leave enough green space for our festivals. At the same time they talk of play areas (would be a good thing), a new leisure centre, a medical centre and a supermarket.
However, Richard Evans – who has written about his support for some form of development on Westbridge Park on Joshua Cope’s Can You Imagine Life Without… blog HERE - hit out at the map on Twitter. He said: “This is scaremongering and pure conjecture. Let’s wait for the actual plans to come out before we make up our mind.”