Residents fear schemes will 'destroy heritage'

Daily Echo: Plans for Sainsbury's in Eastleigh Plans for Sainsbury's in Eastleigh

CAMPAIGN groups in Eastleigh are joining forces to protest against two developments.

Residents say the town’s heritage is at risk from building schemes to extend Sainsbury’s in the town centre and create more than 1,000 homes at Stoneham Park.

Although the two developments are completely separate and have been put forward from different quarters, protesters are hoping a joint campaign will help to raise awareness about both plans.

The groups will be tying ribbons to trees threatened by the Sainsbury’s development at a protest this weekend.

Sainsbury’s wants to demolish its existing 30-year-old store in Eastleigh and replace it with a bigger version – in a move they say will create up to 230 jobs.

However, it will also encroach on to 500 square metres of Leigh Road Recreation Ground, described as the “last green lung” in the town centre.

Campaigners will also be telling shoppers and passers-by at the protest about the plans to build 1,300 homes at Stoneham Park, which will include 100 acres of historic parkland.

The area has been earmarked for development in Eastleigh Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan because the council insists more homes are needed to tackle a growing housing waiting list.

Pat Ford , from Save Stoneham Park, said: “They’re both about Eastleigh’s heritage – I hope it will bring it home to people what they’re set to lose. “Development is gradually eating away at the recreation ground in the town and it’s totally wrong and it’s the same at Stoneham Park.All that heritage will be destroyed – when it should be enhanced.”

Residents against proposals that also appeared in Eastleigh council’s Local Plan to move the household waste recycling centre from Woodside Avenue in Eastleigh to open grass land near Stoneycroft Rise, Chandler’s Ford are also expected to be handing out information at the campaign event.

The protest will take place on Saturday from 11.30am at Leigh Road Recreation Ground.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “With the proposed planting of 13 new, semi-mature, trees on the site there will be a net loss of 31 trees around the site.

“Sainsbury’s is proposing to make a financial contribution to a planting scheme for replacement trees. Eastleigh Borough Council has indicated that a financial contribution, under the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations, could provide an opportunity for a combination of new planting and replacement planting for older urban trees in the town centre.

“Such trees could be planted both within the Recreation Ground and around the towncentre to enhance visual impact.

“In determining the application Eastleigh Borough Council will need to consider if, on balance, the wider regenerative benefits to the town centre and Eastleigh as a whole outweigh other factors.”

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7:32pm Thu 20 Sep 12

ohec says...

Some people have just got too much time on their hands and are willing to protest about anything, the Sainsbury's development is needed to revitalise the town and you can't say that Eastleigh is short of recreational land, as for the houses they are needed even more than the Sainsbury's, just anther bunch of nimby's looking for a cause. And if they have the right to tie ribbons around tree's i have the right to remove them.
Some people have just got too much time on their hands and are willing to protest about anything, the Sainsbury's development is needed to revitalise the town and you can't say that Eastleigh is short of recreational land, as for the houses they are needed even more than the Sainsbury's, just anther bunch of nimby's looking for a cause. And if they have the right to tie ribbons around tree's i have the right to remove them. ohec

8:06pm Thu 20 Sep 12

localnews says...

spose they could flatten the high street and get rid of all those charity shops and bookies,but then the moaners and greenies will find another reason to bleat
spose they could flatten the high street and get rid of all those charity shops and bookies,but then the moaners and greenies will find another reason to bleat localnews

9:23am Fri 21 Sep 12

Zeo says...

They shouldn't be building on the park, it's used all the year, Fun Fair, Carnival, Charitably events, extended markets and more... this will heavily impact on Eastleigh and destroy the surrounding area. Sainsburys are just greedy, you haven't seen Tesco's wanting to expand.
They shouldn't be building on the park, it's used all the year, Fun Fair, Carnival, Charitably events, extended markets and more... this will heavily impact on Eastleigh and destroy the surrounding area. Sainsburys are just greedy, you haven't seen Tesco's wanting to expand. Zeo

9:44am Fri 21 Sep 12

ohec says...

Zeo wrote:
They shouldn't be building on the park, it's used all the year, Fun Fair, Carnival, Charitably events, extended markets and more... this will heavily impact on Eastleigh and destroy the surrounding area. Sainsburys are just greedy, you haven't seen Tesco's wanting to expand.
Its a very small area of the park they want and i consider that a small price to pay to reinvigorate the town, a bigger store will attract more people and in turn make the whole of Eastleigh a more viable proposition for other traders.
I am not sure how you arrive at the conclusion that Sainsbury's are being greedy they recognise a demand for a bigger store and they are responding to that demand, any company will only invest in a project when it is assured of a good return and that return is customers from the local area who must want the new store as Sainsbuy's have done their research, so look on the bright side and don't be a stick in the mud.
[quote][p][bold]Zeo[/bold] wrote: They shouldn't be building on the park, it's used all the year, Fun Fair, Carnival, Charitably events, extended markets and more... this will heavily impact on Eastleigh and destroy the surrounding area. Sainsburys are just greedy, you haven't seen Tesco's wanting to expand.[/p][/quote]Its a very small area of the park they want and i consider that a small price to pay to reinvigorate the town, a bigger store will attract more people and in turn make the whole of Eastleigh a more viable proposition for other traders. I am not sure how you arrive at the conclusion that Sainsbury's are being greedy they recognise a demand for a bigger store and they are responding to that demand, any company will only invest in a project when it is assured of a good return and that return is customers from the local area who must want the new store as Sainsbuy's have done their research, so look on the bright side and don't be a stick in the mud. ohec

3:24pm Mon 24 Sep 12

florence7 says...

Why does Sainsbury need the park for it's profit making? They could build upwards. They say it 'won't work', what they really mean is, it will cost them more/cause them more inconvenience. Big business doesn't care about the area they care about profit and just tell you want you want to hear. If they cared they would not proceed with this ridiculous plan. I have thought about this and I see no benefits to having a bigger supermarket and less green area for the children to play, families to relax. Many of these families do not have gardens for their children to play in. People complain that children cause noise and trouble but take away these green areas and what else are they supposed to do to expend their energy. Children (and adults) need space and fresh air for good health. How do you do this without green areas. If this area was not used by so many people I would say, OK build on it. But I have never seen a day where the park is not used, children playing, people sun bathing, dog walkers, fetes, the funfair, joggers, music on the bandstand, adults having a kick about with a ball, people chatting on the benches, teenagers meeting friends,people having a break from work, people just relaxing and taking a moment to recharge thier batteries from thier busy day, all moments in time that mean a lot to the people. The government has much to say about obesity levels but it doesn't think twice about selling off green land for the sake of profit above health.
I say don't take this land away for the sake of profit. These big business keep telling you that it will improve the area by bringing in more jobs and in turn more shoppers, but if that is the case where are all these shoppers coming from? How do they get into Eastleigh? More traffic brings longer traffic jams, bringing more pollution, more waste, more litter. When the prices in the supermarkets undercut our local traders what happens to them? Do they magically disappear or do they become one of the unemployed? When the independants are gone and you can't get what you need because Sainsburys don't deign to sell what you want what are you going to do then. I for one don't want Eastleigh to become another 'clone' town. The park has been encroached upon in the past and it was 'a temporary measure' that became permanant, and now yet again they want more. Why not just bulldoze it all and put in tiny flats that you wouldn't put a rabbit in, let alone bring up children in, then you can squeeze in the odd office which will never be rented because the larger business's have squeezed out the independants.
I say if you build on the 'rec' you are killing the heart of Eastleigh. Sainsbury's do not need the added profit and we don't need another large Supermarket closing our little town. Another David and Goliath story, lets hope David wins.
Why does Sainsbury need the park for it's profit making? They could build upwards. They say it 'won't work', what they really mean is, it will cost them more/cause them more inconvenience. Big business doesn't care about the area they care about profit and just tell you want you want to hear. If they cared they would not proceed with this ridiculous plan. I have thought about this and I see no benefits to having a bigger supermarket and less green area for the children to play, families to relax. Many of these families do not have gardens for their children to play in. People complain that children cause noise and trouble but take away these green areas and what else are they supposed to do to expend their energy. Children (and adults) need space and fresh air for good health. How do you do this without green areas. If this area was not used by so many people I would say, OK build on it. But I have never seen a day where the park is not used, children playing, people sun bathing, dog walkers, fetes, the funfair, joggers, music on the bandstand, adults having a kick about with a ball, people chatting on the benches, teenagers meeting friends,people having a break from work, people just relaxing and taking a moment to recharge thier batteries from thier busy day, all moments in time that mean a lot to the people. The government has much to say about obesity levels but it doesn't think twice about selling off green land for the sake of profit above health. I say don't take this land away for the sake of profit. These big business keep telling you that it will improve the area by bringing in more jobs and in turn more shoppers, but if that is the case where are all these shoppers coming from? How do they get into Eastleigh? More traffic brings longer traffic jams, bringing more pollution, more waste, more litter. When the prices in the supermarkets undercut our local traders what happens to them? Do they magically disappear or do they become one of the unemployed? When the independants are gone and you can't get what you need because Sainsburys don't deign to sell what you want what are you going to do then. I for one don't want Eastleigh to become another 'clone' town. The park has been encroached upon in the past and it was 'a temporary measure' that became permanant, and now yet again they want more. Why not just bulldoze it all and put in tiny flats that you wouldn't put a rabbit in, let alone bring up children in, then you can squeeze in the odd office which will never be rented because the larger business's have squeezed out the independants. I say if you build on the 'rec' you are killing the heart of Eastleigh. Sainsbury's do not need the added profit and we don't need another large Supermarket closing our little town. Another David and Goliath story, lets hope David wins. florence7

4:16pm Mon 24 Sep 12

ottred says...

Here's an idea. Stop importing people to live in Eastleigh, there'd be no need for more houses and bigger shops then would there.

Eastleigh planners have lost the plot. They want to build small industrial units behind the old quarry in Allbrook on green fileds, 2 minutues away from the old builders merchants yard which is the size of two football pitches & unoccupied. Will it cost more to buy that land I wonder, but at what cost long term. Leave Eastleigh alone, it's gone downhill enough as it is!
Here's an idea. Stop importing people to live in Eastleigh, there'd be no need for more houses and bigger shops then would there. Eastleigh planners have lost the plot. They want to build small industrial units behind the old quarry in Allbrook on green fileds, 2 minutues away from the old builders merchants yard which is the size of two football pitches & unoccupied. Will it cost more to buy that land I wonder, but at what cost long term. Leave Eastleigh alone, it's gone downhill enough as it is! ottred

2:32am Fri 28 Sep 12

longago says...

I could be wrong (I'm sure it will be documented somewhere) but was not the green area donated by a local who specified it's use, it has (had?) the underground shelters and the second oldest original bandstand. I don't live in the country anymore but was born and bred and have many relatives in Eastleigh. It may well be that the terms are "for the benefit of the people of Eastleigh" huh, make Sainsburys move or leave it as it is, when is it going to be realised by the people that the clock can never be turned back. If Sainsburys are told no, they will move, the jobs will still be there, and they won't go far, profit and loss, stop being blackmailed and vote accordingly.
I could be wrong (I'm sure it will be documented somewhere) but was not the green area donated by a local who specified it's use, it has (had?) the underground shelters and the second oldest original bandstand. I don't live in the country anymore but was born and bred and have many relatives in Eastleigh. It may well be that the terms are "for the benefit of the people of Eastleigh" huh, make Sainsburys move or leave it as it is, when is it going to be realised by the people that the clock can never be turned back. If Sainsburys are told no, they will move, the jobs will still be there, and they won't go far, profit and loss, stop being blackmailed and vote accordingly. longago

12:26pm Fri 28 Sep 12

ohec says...

Oh dear we have two post above from people who wear blinkers and one from somebody who doesn't even live hear, including one clown who doesn't want Sainsbury's, and their was i thinking we had enough empty shops. And a real idiot that wants to stop importing people (what do you suggest passports) where do you suggest people live? don't tell me anywhere but Eastleigh, you might have a nice house but thousands haven't and they have as much right to live in Eastleigh as anyone else. A bit of unused land build on that well the person that owns that land might have other ideas, the same as all the major house builders have land all over the country but they wont build until the time is right. Eastleigh is growing and that is a fact and with that growth has to come the shops to sustain that growth, unfortunately times have changed and we have to accept that.
Oh dear we have two post above from people who wear blinkers and one from somebody who doesn't even live hear, including one clown who doesn't want Sainsbury's, and their was i thinking we had enough empty shops. And a real idiot that wants to stop importing people (what do you suggest passports) where do you suggest people live? don't tell me anywhere but Eastleigh, you might have a nice house but thousands haven't and they have as much right to live in Eastleigh as anyone else. A bit of unused land build on that well the person that owns that land might have other ideas, the same as all the major house builders have land all over the country but they wont build until the time is right. Eastleigh is growing and that is a fact and with that growth has to come the shops to sustain that growth, unfortunately times have changed and we have to accept that. ohec

2:12pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Ulysses 31 says...

Well Sainsburys have withdrawn their planning application, so now Eastleigh can remain a crap town, I bet Tesco are pleased though! I knew the loss of a small part of the park would cause quiet a few objections but I do not think that was the main reason they have pulled out.
Well Sainsburys have withdrawn their planning application, so now Eastleigh can remain a crap town, I bet Tesco are pleased though! I knew the loss of a small part of the park would cause quiet a few objections but I do not think that was the main reason they have pulled out. Ulysses 31

5:20pm Thu 11 Oct 12

mollie says...

Well Well ! top marks to the residents of Eastleigh for not being bullied into the loss of their green site for the sake of greed by Sainsburys. It is amazing how the power of the people can work when it matters. I hope all these people will remember the bullying and 'taunts' by the council and the media when it comes to the knock on the door for their vote . You have the power my friends use it wisely.
Well Well ! top marks to the residents of Eastleigh for not being bullied into the loss of their green site for the sake of greed by Sainsburys. It is amazing how the power of the people can work when it matters. I hope all these people will remember the bullying and 'taunts' by the council and the media when it comes to the knock on the door for their vote . You have the power my friends use it wisely. mollie

6:53pm Thu 11 Oct 12

mollie says...

Well Well ! top marks to the residents of Eastleigh for not being bullied into the loss of their green site for the sake of greed by Sainsburys. It is amazing how the power of the people can work when it matters. I hope all these people will remember the bullying and 'taunts' by the council and the media when it comes to the knock on the door for their vote . You have the power my friends use it wisely.
Well Well ! top marks to the residents of Eastleigh for not being bullied into the loss of their green site for the sake of greed by Sainsburys. It is amazing how the power of the people can work when it matters. I hope all these people will remember the bullying and 'taunts' by the council and the media when it comes to the knock on the door for their vote . You have the power my friends use it wisely. mollie

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