Caerphilly becoming "supermarketville" ,says Plaid AM


Lindsay Whittle

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle has criticised a decision to approve plans to create three shops on the site of the former Bowls Inn in Caerphilly.

Lindsay Whittle, who also represents Penyrheol on Caerphilly council, warned the decision by the authority’s planning committee last night would lead to the closure of shops in his ward and in the Aber Valley, where businesses are already finding things tough.

The scheme involves the conversion and demolition of the former pub to make one shop and also the construction of two other retail units. The Bowls Inn closed in October after serving as a watering hole to thirsty customers for more than 150 years.

Lindsay Whittle said: “This is a terrible decision because it further damages local businesses and is a hammer blow for shops that are trying hard to make a living. We need to think about the consequences of decisions on communities before they are made.

“At the meeting the agent for the applicants Newbridge Construction said that the old Bowls Inn site would be an ideal site for a new Tesco, Sainsbury’s or a Spar. It will also lead to increased traffic congestion,” said the Plaid AM.

“We already have four Tesco’s, an Asda, a Morrison’s and a Lidl in the town at present. Is there any justification for more? Perhaps changing the name of Caerphilly to supermarketville or Tescotown will be next!

“I just don’t believe that the complete domination of the big supermarkets, at the expense of local businesses, can be good. And I hope if this development goes ahead local people will show what they think by steering clear of it . Another Tesco or the like is the last thing Caerphilly needs,” added Lindsay Whittle.