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Opinion split over Aldi plan for Dereham

06:33 02 October 2014

Plan of proposed Aldi in Dereham on former Cemex site

Plan of proposed Aldi in Dereham on former Cemex site

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Opinion is divided over new plans for the former Cemex site in Dereham which could now see an Aldi supermarket instead of a hotel taking a plot alongside the planned McDonald’s and Marston’s pub.

Last week the EDP and Dereham Times reported that businessman Andrew Scales had submitted a new application for a 1500-square-metre Aldi supermarket as part of the redevelopment of the Yaxham Road site, providing up to 40 jobs. This would replace the 51-bedroom hotel that was granted planning permission last year.

But while some readers have contacted us to show their support for the new store, others feel another low-cost food store is unnecessary and a hotel would be a more attractive option.

Susan King emailed to say: “I think we have far too many supermarkets in Dereham. Let’s have a nice hotel to get people to come to our town.”

While A & J Drury said: “We would much prefer to see an Aldi store built as part of the Cemex site redevelopment as opposed to a hotel as, let’s face it, Dereham can hardly be described as a Norfolk beauty spot!”

Abbey Grant said there were already enough supermarkets in Dereham. “Think of all the tourists we would be getting in if they knew Dereham had a hotel. I know Dereham isn’t exactly a tourist location but if friends or family members come from far away, they know they can stay in a hotel they can trust.”

Ivan and Olive White from Toftwood say they already use an Aldi in Norwich and “over the years have grown to like it more and more”.

They added: “It would be great to have one on our doorstep to help us as we get older and most of all to save on fuel. We feel a lot of people would welcome Aldi to Dereham.”

But J James said: “Why another food shop? I think it is time that the council called a halt to these oversized stores and supported Dereham in getting a decent hotel into the area. Just look around at the low standard of choice for visitors’ accommodation in this town. We need someone like Premier Inn.”

And Daphne Edwards suggested the town did not need either. She said: “We have Lidl, Aldi in Fakenham and Norwich. We do not need another hotel either as there is The George and the Kings Head who only just survive in Dereham. Why do we not have a family clothes shop like Primark?”

What do you think? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk.

7 comments

  • I think we have far too many supermarkets and I don't think you can class the George and Kings Head as nice hotels. The rooms are shabby and expensive. A new hotel will attract more people to the town. This town needs a good clothes store like next. We have no good shops to buy children's clothes and next would cater for all the family.

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    Jo Gardiner

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • There are many empty shop premises in Dereham that could be used for clothing stores. Are the charity shops not on short leases until they can be opened by independent traders? the landlords council need to be more proactive to encourage these potential traders to WANT TO COME TO DEREHAM.

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    Frankie Richer

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Do I have to go on line to get men's clothing my size, and price. Can we have a cloths shop. We have four supermarkets.

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    whitwell

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Sorry, posting error there: "140 the energy" should be one-fortieth the energy. Basically, an energetic manual labourer working solidly for forty hours will use the same energy that is in just one litre of petrol.

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    Thomas Monument

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Mike: I believe you'll find it is a pure question of economics. I actually looked last night and the prices are pretty close between Dereham and Norwich for once! However, normally it is simply a question of sales volume. The higher the number of sales the lower the sales margin can be and so the cheaper the fuel. In a town the size of Dereham there is simply not the volume of traffic found in Norwich, so the prices are higher. Plain economics, I'm afraid. Another odd piece of economics is that we are able to use this fuel at all. If you were to hire a manual worker, the energy return on your money would be tiny compared to what we get from fuel. Consider this: a hard-working man will use 140 the energy per hour than is found in a single litre of petrol. Were we, therefore, to pay for petrol on a minimum-wage-based tariff, say equivalent to £6.25hour, it would cost about £300litre. The oil will quite possibly run out within a decade or two, anyway, and so the world will run a little differently in any case.

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    Thomas Monument

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Would be great if this site could include a new petrol station where the price of petrol was more in keeping with the prices in Norwich. As of the 30th September prices at the 3 fuel stations in Dereham was 129.9p. In Norwich they were 124.7, 124.9, 124.9, 125.9, 125.9 at the 5 cheapest stations within 5 miles of the area NR1. Petrol is constantly at least 3-4p per litre more expensive in Dereham than it is in Norwich and noticeable all the same price. It costs no more to deliver petrol in Dereham than Norwich, so why this price difference? I begin to wonder if these 3 petrol stations have some type of agreement to keep these prices higher and all the same, or am I just being cynical.It needs some new company to step in and break this price anomaly and then the people of Dereham could enjoy the same petrol prices as Norwich does. 124.9p a litre in Dereham would certain stir things up a bit.

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    mike smith

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • They could have had something to moan had it been Tescos, but these supermarkets are great for people on lower incomes and the bloke in the new Bentley who uses the one in Norwich.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

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