RESIDENTS in Sale Moor are jubilant after plans to turn a village car park into an Aldi supermarket was rejected by Trafford Council.

Leader of Trafford Council, Sean Anstee, said on Twitter that “I’ve taken a decision to reject the sale of land at Warrener Street and will work with you to develop future options.”

An online petition opposing the development had previously attracted 1,445 signatures.

Local resident, Veronica Saunders, was pleased with Mr Anstee’s tweet.

Mrs Saunders told Quays News: “This is brilliant news. At last the Council are listening to what the voters and shoppers want.

“For at least ten years, Trafford have been trying to sell this land for development” claimed Mrs Saunders.

“It’s not long since the locals managed to stop Tesco. Within a mile we have a Co-op, Sainsbury and Marks & Spencer. There was no need for another supermarket.”

Mrs Saunders continued: “I was against this proposal I know for a fact that all my friends and neighbours will be delighted with this news. We don’t need a supermarket in Sale Moor, We already have a good selection of shops.

Liz Vickers, of nearby Brooklands, told Quays News of her delight at Mr Anstee’s announcement.

Mrs Vickers said: “I am very pleased for the village. The traffic will not be full of Aldi shoppers popping in and out. The village will be able to maintain its unique identity and perhaps make more of the independent and community spirit it has recently shown. I’m happy that the council have got the decision right.”

However Phil Handford, of Sale Moor, expressed disappointment at the Council leader’s announcement. Mr Handford told Quays News: “I believe that the new jobs that would have been created by this Aldi store would have been a boon to Sale Moor, but I appreciate that there is a lot of local opposition to this.”

Mr Handford added: “I rarely use the local shops but I do agree that they do significantly add to the character of the area. I’m happy for them”

Aldi have been contacted and have declined to comment.

By Anthony Murphy

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