John Reacts To Cribbs Causeway Decision

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government has refused Cribbs Causeway’s expansion plans after John Penrose MP wrote a letter to his department warning it would sap £39million trade from Weston and risked derailing future projects and potential investment.

John said: “I am delighted the Government has listened to what I and everyone else has said, because the expansion plans threatened the excellent work our council, local businesses and many others have put in to regenerate Weston and attract new visitors.

“High Streets are struggling due to the rise of online shopping, and granting out-of-town retail parks like Cribbs permission to extend would only have squeezed them further. Weston’s businesses will breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that £39million in trade won’t be taken from our local economy, and investors looking at Weston won’t be given a reason to second guess setting up shop here.”

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  1. Excellent, there are already many empty shops in Weston, Bristol – and Cribbs Causeway itself. We do NOT need any more.

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  2. Thank you, that was very well done, Cribbs is the reason why Nailsea is in its half developed state instead of the New Town originally planned by Somerset County Council 50+ years ago. Weston has already lost too many retail outlets to services replacements in recent years, I guess that if you take any one service such as solicitors, estate agents, accountants etc., there are more here than eg. greengrocers.

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