Lidl puts plans for Bourne on display

People view plans for a proposed Lidl store in Bourne at Bourne Corn Exchange. Photo: MSMP-08-01-15-dl001. EMN-150801-151056001
People view plans for a proposed Lidl store in Bourne at Bourne Corn Exchange. Photo: MSMP-08-01-15-dl001. EMN-150801-151056001
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Hundreds of people went to a public exhibition to see discount retailer Lidl show off its plans for a supermarket in Bourne.

The firm wants to build a store in the area known as Gateway Park, next to McDonald’s off the A15/Raymond Mays Way roundabout.

Representatives from Lidl and developer Temple Garth spent the afternoon at Bourne Corn Exchange today to speak to people about the plans.

Visitors were even treated to a selection of free food from the supermarket.

The majority of the comments seemed to be in favour of the planned store. Geoffrey Moore, 72, of Lavender Way, Bourne, was one of many who said they already shopped at the Lidl in Ryhall Road, Stamford.

“Everything I have ever bought from there has been excellent,” he said. “When it comes to cereal, I have cornflakes. They do the closest to Kelloggs I have ever had. It’s not just because it’s cheap - the quality is equally as appealing.”

Geoffrey said the proposed location was ideal.

“The site looks sound and the way they are developing that area next to the pub and the petrol station is good,” he said. “They are not elongating it, they are just going back.”

He added: “It keeps us within Bourne and means we shop locally.”

Pauline Curley, 49, lives in Rippingale but works at Bourne Textiles in Cherryholt Road. She said: “I think it’s brilliant. I shop at Lidl very often. I tend to go to Sleaford and it’s brilliant value for money.

“It’s really improved over the years. The fresh produce has improved and they have extra named products that people tend to stick to.”

Pauline said the new store, which would create up to 40 jobs, would benefit the whole town.

“The only reason I go out of Bourne is for cheap shopping,” she said. “If you can get it in town, that’s great.

“I’ve not heard a negative view about it at all.”

Long-distance lorry driver Chris Thorley, 50, of Edinburgh Crescent, saw the plans with his wife Julia. Chris already shops at Lidl when he drives through France.

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “We do use the Stamford Lidl. They have good prices and good quality products.”

Chris said he was looking forward to having another option in Bourne. He added: “I find the food quality has gone down at Tesco, and the price has gone up.

“If they do get the go-ahead I hope the opening times are reasonable and it doesn’t shut at 5pm.”

Lidl hopes to submit a planning application to South Kesteven District Council this month. A petition in favour of the plans can be signed at www.gopetition.com/petitions/proposed-new-lidl-supermaket-south-road-bourne.html

Stuart Mitchell, on behalf of Temple Garth, said: “We are delighted with the very positive response we have received today from the local community in support of the proposal for a Lidl supermarket here in Bourne.

“We will take into account all the comments we have received including car parking as we finalise the details of our planning application to be submitted at the end of January.

“If anyone who has not been able to attend the public consultation meeting today but would like to send us their comments they can do so by submitting them online at tinyurl.com/bourne-lidl.”