Mayor calls on Morrisons to give update on St Ives supermarket plans

An artist's impression of how the new Morrisons could look.

An artist's impression of how the new Morrisons could look. - Credit: Archant

The mayor of St Ives is calling for Morrisons to update the council on its plans for its St Ives supermarket.

Councillor Ian Jackson has concerns that the chain are rethinking to store following the announcement earlier this month that it is to close seven more of its loss-making supermarkets, and there have been no signs of things to come at the proposed site.

He said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if they were rethinking it. People shouldn’t be too surprised giving what we have been reading about their performance recently.

The chain was granted planning permission to build a supermarket and fuel station between Needingworth Road and Harrison Way, next to the Marsh Harrier pub, in 2014.

Originally, the new Morrisons store was meant to be completed by now as the chain planned to be open by the middle of last year.

“As far as I remember they got outline planning permission and we have heard nothing since,” added Cllr Jackson. “We had mixed feelings and were quite concerned when the application came to us because we like to encourage shoppers into the town centre and we are keen to support local traders.

“But we would like to know what is happening and would like to hear from Morrison’s when work will be starting.”

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A Morrisons spokesman told The Hunts Post: “There is nothing for us to update, we have not changed our position”

More than 600 people visited a Morrisons exhibition in 2014 where the plans for the 2,882sq m store with 400-space car park were revealed, with 90 per cent in favour.

The store, which would have been built on stilts, would have created about 250 jobs.