Plans for a new supermarket in Burntwood have been criticised by a prospective councillor.
German chain Aldi is looking to develop a site as part of the revamped town centre.
However, independent Lichfield District Council candidate Darren Ennis has claimed a new supermarket is an amenity residents “need least”.
And he warned that Aldi’s arrival could deal a major blow to smaller local shops.
“I am utterly confused on why there are plans for another supermarket. We have more then enough supermarkets in Burntwood, in fact it’s the thing we need least. From the proposed Aldi site you have Tesco, Cool Trader, Morrison’s, Spar and Somerfield within a mile. This doesn’t account for the small local shops which this will take business away from.
“Although the area does need developing, that should mean modernising the local shopping areas we have and supporting our local businesses. What we need in this area are more entertainment amenities. Why not put a cinema there, a bowling alley, a theatre? Burntwood is lacking in the entertainment department and it would be nice to have somewhere to go where we can walk with our children without having to travel miles out of the area.
“Maybe when these plans come through, the council will take note of the facts to consider what we need as a community, and act accordingly.”
However, the supermarket giant believes its arrival would be “highly attractive” to Burntwood residents.
Writing as part of a consultation into the future of the region, a spokesperson for the company said:
“An Aldi facility would be a welcome addition to the town centre shopping environment. In addition, the nature of the proposed retailer with its unique offer of own label, high quality low priced goods across the range, is highly attractive to members of the local community on comparatively low incomes, and whose primary concern is value for money.
“The improved retail offer which would be achieved at Burntwood town centre from the Aldi store would ensure that the centre is a more viable retail destination as a result of the proposals.”
Darren Ennis is standing in the Chasetown ward in the Lichfield District Council election. Other candidates are:
- Marilyn Bamborough (Conservative)
- Barry Diggle (Conservative)
- Stephen Taylor (Labour)
- Colin Waldron (Ind)
- Keith Willis-Croft (Labour)