Petition to stop three supermarket developments has over 500 signatures
A PETITION to stop three proposed supermarket developments for the Stroud area has more than 500 signatures and growing support from local businesses.
A spokesman for the campaign group Stroud Against Supermarket Saturation said: "The range of people and local businesses that have signed the petition demonstrates that Stroud does not want or need more supermarkets.
"It gives a very clear message to the developers behind these schemes.
"Huge supermarket corporations will suck the blood out of town centre business leaving Stroud to become a ghost town and SASS wants to prevent that from happening.
"This isn’t just about butchers, bakers and greengrocers, the supermarkets sell books, greetings cards, household goods, toys and clothes.
"Every pound spent in a supermarket is 95p lost to the local economy forever.
"If people aren’t going into the town centre then they’re also less likely to have a coffee or lunch – impacting on cafés, bars and restaurants in the town."
The group is urging those who oppose the developments to sign online at http://tinyurl.com/lcxodr3.
There are also copies of the petition in shops and cafés in Stroud, Stonehouse and Nailsworth.
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