A Tuckswood grandmother has appealed for an Asda superstore in Norwich to be given the green light to provide jobs for her family and others like them.

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Janice Lewis says people living near her – including her own children – are eager to work and the new development would throw the area an employment lifeline, as well as ridding residents of an eyesore site.

Her plea comes as the latest national job figures show that unemployment fell by 50,000 – but with more people in part-time work than ever – and just days after Norwich glazing firm Uniglaze axed more than 200 jobs.

The Hall Road superstore plans, rejected in September but since resubmitted by Asda, boast of creating up to 400 new jobs in the area, though opponents of the plans have questioned how many will be lost elsewhere as a result.

To focus what she calls the local “uproar” at the plans being rejected first time around, Mrs Lewis, 55, and her daughter Vicky have distributed a petition which has already gathered more than 100 signatures.

“We’ve not been asked what we would like,” said Mrs Lewis, who worked at the Bally Shoe factory for two years in the 1970s. “It’s taken the Evening News to get a poll up to ask what people would like.”

She said the development was crucial in providing jobs and affordable food and clothing for residents.

“We’ve got a young estate now. We have schools around here, and young people are having to struggle to find jobs.

“My own children are looking for jobs – I’ve got one who is looking desperately every day for a job, while my daughter wants part-time work to support her family,” she said.

“Given the recession we’re in people are watching the pennies more than ever.”

The transformation of the former factory would breathe new life into the site as well as creating jobs, added Mrs Lewis, of Maid Marian Road.

“The site is just an eyesore. It’s overrun with rats, and there are foxes running about. It’s a huge place, and it seems like it’s been like that forever.”

Opponents of the Asda development, including the Green party leader Claire Stephenson, have consistently claimed that the figure of 400 jobs would not be the net gain for the city, with jobs lost elsewhere and the majority of the positions being part-time.

Following the resubmission of the plans, she accused Asda of behaving “disgracefully” and said the plans were “a wasted opportunity”.

Asda’s supermarket rivals Morrisons will hold a public exhibition on Thursday showcasing their plans for a food store off Aylsham Road, which the chain claims could deliver 250 new jobs.

28 comments

  • Fenscape writes "Isn't there a massive Tescos less than a whole kilometre away" so there might be (though it is not 'massive') but I don't want Tescos, I want Asda, thank you.

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Some crazy comments here on this "proposed developement".....Yes peoples families might be looking for a job......Foxes frequent the site etc etc etc...There is absolutely no need for asda to build a supermaket here,there are 23 supermakets within a short space of each other,there is no need for anymore so called choice.....To my line of thinking the owners of this site have left it looking grey and empty for so long,this planning application looks rosy fro developement however the whole site could e3asily have been developed into a trading estate whilst it sat empty or would that have scuppered these plans????.I know something people who live in general area will at times be a prisoner in there own homes if they would like to use their cars at certain times of the day,this is already obvious for existing asda even though it is situated in a trading area rather than in the middle of a housing estate.Also watch any last little business in the surrounding area disappear as nobody will pay their prices...........I really think its time to wake up,we are managing fine right now in this area without more shopping outlets,just another facility to clock up more damage on our struggling environment,.....More food waste....More damage to surrounding roads.....More traffic(which is unbelievable a developement of such scale could happen in a traffic problem area!!)...I have no doubt asda will bully there way into this site and those of you who welcome it should seriously think about the whole scenario before you think it will be good for a jobless member of your family.....Craziness from councilhighwaysplanningsite owners I am in total disbelief!

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    NR1`EY

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Mrs Lewis should realise that it's not what the residents want that counts, it's what the politicians (who live miles away) can get out of it to further their own agenda that counts. Why should people have a say in what happens in their area? Blimey, how could the Greens ban cars from entering the city limits if PEOPLE were allowed any say in what happens?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Catatonia says that they dont want to use Tesco but live in South Norfolk. I don't know which part of South Norfolk they live in but there is a Morrisons in Diss, a Waitrose in Wymondham, a Sainsbury just along from the Harford Bridge Tesco, a further Sainsbury along the A47 if that is the direction you come in to Norwich from. In fact if you come in to Norwich from that direction then it is just as easy to get to the Asda in North Norwich. I am afraid your assertion that it would take two hours to visit North Norwich is odd indeed. If you are that far away from Norwich then you are allowed to go south into Suffolk, no passort required, where a further world of supermarkets await you. Your devotion to Asda and the fact that you seem to think you will break out in hives if you step over the portal of another supermarket is strange indeed. They all sell pretty much the same stuff. As for transporting children as well as your shopping, you would have to do that anyway whichever supermarket should be your ideal du jour, and therefore you are a person who should be considering the option I suggested - let your fingers do the shopping and get it delivered to you while you take your children to a playground which I am sure they would enjoy far more than being dragged around a supermarket. I leave mine at home with my husband or a friend and her children when I shop, (I return the favour) a brilliant solution that I would have hoped others would have thought of. PS Unfortunately for your assertions I live in South Norfolk hence my rather encyclopaedic knowledge of the vast arry of supermarkets there and I have no allergy to any of them.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Time consuming and dangerous to get to Tescos from Tuckswood. What absolute codswallop. First of all it is pavement all the way and second of all it is about time that everyone tried to build some exercise into their day. Tuckswood to Tesco would be ideal as a starter. And dont even think about moaning about the weight of the shopping. I use a shopping trolley like the ones that are so popular on the Continent where people dont feel they have to have a supermarket every hundred yards to waddle to. And if you are into buying vast quantities of really heavy stuff like booze in bottles then ALL the supermarkets will deliver. Much greener. Still haven't heard if Janice and her family have applied to Tesco for jobs yet.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I'm starting a petition to get 8000 apprenticeships in Norfolk, one tenth of what is needed for the 80.000 young school leavers without a job opportunity. I understand that the aspiration of some people have suffered under the economic circumstances, but to accept this retailer who is attempting to flout the planning law, with impunity. Maybe the EDP would like to help with my petition? Why not ask a well off NCFC to start an apprentice scheme?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Some crazy comments here on this "proposed developement".....Yes peoples families might be looking for a job......Foxes frequent the site etc etc etc...There is absolutely no need for asda to build a supermaket here,there are 23 supermakets within a short space of each other,there is no need for anymore so called choice.....To my line of thinking the owners of this site have left it looking grey and empty for so long,this planning application looks rosy fro developement however the whole site could e3asily have been developed into a trading estate whilst it sat empty or would that have scuppered these plans????.I know something people who live in general area will at times be a prisoner in there own homes if they would like to use their cars at certain times of the day,this is already obvious for existing asda even though it is situated in a trading area rather than in the middle of a housing estate.Also watch any last little business in the surrounding area disappear as nobody will pay their prices...........I really think its time to wake up,we are managing fine right now in this area without more shopping outlets,just another facility to clock up more damage on our struggling environment,.....More food waste....More damage to surrounding roads.....More traffic(which is unbelievable a developement of such scale could happen in a traffic problem area!!)...I have no doubt asda will bully there way into this site and those of you who welcome it should seriously think about the whole scenario before you think it will be good for a jobless member of your family.....Craziness from councilhighwaysplanningsite owners I am in total disbelief!

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    NR1`EY

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Here are some alternatives for the site: (a) Social Housing. Definitely not going to happen...there is no council anywhere in th UK doing this. (b) Private Housing. Possible but any rental property would be very expensive. (c) Industrial. Highly unlikely given that manufacturing in the UK has been hollowed out in the last 30 years. So, not much left is there? Those who prefer a permanent derelict site plaese form an orderly queue.

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    dancer7

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Chris I take you point, but it presupposes that alternative offers are on the table. We could be waiting for many years for such an alternative. In the meantime the site will continue to deteriorate. My sympathies are with the Tuckswood family and I say let Asda have the site.

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    dancer7

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Good for Mrs Lewis & her family. If certain councillors choose to go against the vast majority of the people who voted them in, then why shouldn't local people take matters into their hands in representing the community? On the asda scheme itself, I keep reading that it's against council policy - really? So why did planning officers, who are professional experts, still recommend it goes ahead, saying that the benefits outweigh anything else? Who knows best I wonder: full timeplanning professionals or a few ideologically-led councillors? Tough one!!

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    rich123

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • A massive Tesco in Harford Bridge?, It may appear excessively large to the local Norfolk population but is quite average compared to there huge stores in the SOUTH. In relation to the ASDA proposal for a new store it may just be a prudent idea to except the ASDA planning application considering the recent loss of over 300 jobs with the closure of UNIGLAZE in COSTESSEY!!.Perhaps there is a preference to loose jobs in this city rather than try and create them?.

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    wickobi

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Get Asda to adhere to planning requirements Crazy? That's as crazy as your name! They know they have the Labour contingent at City Hall eating cheap cut price rubbish out of their hands and all they have to do is keep shoving their planning application before them and they will roll over to the tune of Anything You Want You can Have. Have Janice and her family got their job applications in to Tesco yet? If not why not? As for wickobi's post, I think that rather proves the point that we cannot keep having supermarkets built willy nilly all over Norfolk. If the firms themselves think that it is not worth putting gigantinormous megaliths in this county like what they do down South and keeps them to a relatively petite size then it follows equally that they shouldn't have too many of the dratted things either. At some point there has got to be saturation much to the horror of those who want a supermarket within waddling distance wherever they live.

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    alecto

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Well alecto it is ok for everybody to have their own opinion,however saying that it is a load of codswallop all depends on what you have to do in a day.We dont all sit on our backsides and never move out of Tuckswood you know.As for walking I personally walk everywhere,and I mean everywhere,I have walked plenty of times to Tesco Harford Bridges,yes there is a pavement,that is true,it is also quite a lonely stretch of path for some vunerable people and not safe at all for children.The speed between 40 mph and then to 60mph with lorries and cars very close to the path is everything from ideal.Not every body wants shopping trolleys thank you.The people from the two neighbouring estates could benefit from this also with schools and plenty of trading estates and visitors who dont want to venture into the city centre,reps etc.How strange you are moaning about Supermarkets but you want one in your village?You are assuming that we are all people who drink to much eat rubbish food and waddle everywhere.How wrong can you be.Waitrose is quite near to us and makes a lovely walk through the countryside which we also have close by ,and the city centre we can also walk to .we are spoilt for choice,we have Sainsburys and Tescos,plenty of Tesco express and small shops to chose from but theres nothing like good old Asda,that I am sure we will get.!!!!

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    foxey

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Speedway track!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Fenscape writes "Isn't there a massive Tescos less than a whole kilometre away" so there might be (though it is not 'massive') but I don't want Tescos, I want Asda, thank you.

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Maybe they can petition ASDA to submit plans that adhere to planning regulations, it may then be approved.

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    Crazy

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Its patronising to suggest the local population dont know what a large supermarket looks like. The Tesco at Harford is not a large one,Tesco want it bigger but the council say no. However the one at Sprowston is a large store as are the ones at Dereham and Great Yarmouth. Also we have 2 very large Sainsburys at Longwater and Pound Lane and the existing Asda is pretty big. OK there are larger ones elsewhere including the Walmart style Asdas, but we still have large stores. Also not all stores in the south are large, each area has a mix of sizes. Those suggesting supermarkets only sell junk food are also being patronising, they also sell plenty of wholesome food, its up each customer what choice they make. I think Asda should be alowed to build at Hall Road and Morrisons at Aylsham Road. Competition and choice is good for the consumer. As for those belittling the type of jobs offered and the wages paid,I dont believe that small local shops are paying any better rates or offering any better career prospects.

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    Abraham

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • I definately agree with Janice and her family.it would only be a good thing.I f you have no car or dont cycle and live in Tuckswood,it is time consuming and dangerous walking to Tesco and I personally dont like Tesco,love Asda but as I dont drive or use the terrible bus service this would be ideal for me,and lots of others,bring it on thats what I say.Well done to this lady and her family and Good Luck in your job searches!!!!

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    foxey

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Chris I take your point, but it presupposes that alternative offers are on the table. We could be waiting for many years for such an alternative. In the meantime the site will continue to deteriorate. My sympathies are with the Tuckswood family and I say let Asda have the site.

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    dancer7

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Respect to Mrs Lewis for standing up for her opinion. But, I would like to say that Asda will open, they own the land, it is just a matter of how big. At the mo' they are being aggressive in pushing their plans against Norwich Planning department who are trying to protect smaller shops by limiting the size of the new store. Asda is owned by Walmart, a huge American business, and I'm sorry to say that their employment conditions are quite poor. They have a turnover of 70% staff in a year. What we need is to cut the best deal for the City and not be pushed about by Big Business.

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    oldowl

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • totally with Mrs Lewis. I live in South Norfolk and our nearest (and only) decent size supermarket is the Harford Bridge Tescos which is still a 14 mile round trip, Asda is a 26 mile round trip for me, not to mention the best part of 2 hours driving across Norwich and back. I do wonder how many of the people that say they don't want an Asda in Hall Road actually live South of the County?

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • It's about getting the best you possibly can for the area, not just accepting anything thats thrown at you

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    chris

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Facts prove that overall when everything is taken into consideration it is a complete myth about supermarkets creating jobs. The market is only so big.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Some crazy comments here on this "proposed developement".....Yes peoples families might be looking for a job......Foxes frequent the site etc etc etc...There is absolutely no need for asda to build a supermaket here,there are 23 supermakets within a short space of each other,there is no need for anymore so called choice.....To my line of thinking the owners of this site have left it looking grey and empty for so long,this planning application looks rosy fro developement however the whole site could e3asily have been developed into a trading estate whilst it sat empty or would that have scuppered these plans????.I know something people who live in general area will at times be a prisoner in there own homes if they would like to use their cars at certain times of the day,this is already obvious for existing asda even though it is situated in a trading area rather than in the middle of a housing estate.Also watch any last little business in the surrounding area disappear as nobody will pay their prices...........I really think its time to wake up,we are managing fine right now in this area without more shopping outlets,just another facility to clock up more damage on our struggling environment,.....More food waste....More damage to surrounding roads.....More traffic(which is unbelievable a developement of such scale could happen in a traffic problem area!!)...I have no doubt asda will bully there way into this site and those of you who welcome it should seriously think about the whole scenario before you think it will be good for a jobless member of your family.....Craziness from councilhighwaysplanningsite owners I am in total disbelief!

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    NR1`EY

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Isn't there a massive Tescos less than a whole kilometre away on Ipswich Road? So many pies, so little time.......

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Why doesn't Janice's family apply to the existing supermarkets. As Fenscape says there is a gigantic Tesco only a short waddle away and various other supermarkets spread around the city. I think it would be virtually impossible not to get a job in one of them if you keep trying. Or is it that Janice and the locals want a supermarket all of their own yards away from their front door? This cannot go on. If Tuckswood gets a gigantic ASDA then I want a Waitrose in my village (we are a very select village) and I want a gigantic Tesco in the next village one way and an enormous Sainsburys in the next village the other way. Why should we in villages not have the advantage of being able to waddle a few yards to get our hydrogenated biscuits and cheap lager. Its not fair and I shall complain just as soon as I go and get the eggs from our chickens and a lovely pumpkin from the vegetable patch to make soup for lunch today. John Norton is absolutely right about there not being an increase in jobs if there is an increase in supermarkets. All that is happening with this ever increasing amount of supermarkets is that the market gets diluted. But it should not let Janice's family be put off trying for a job - last time I was in Tesco there was a sign up asking for applicants to come forward. Have they applied?

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    alecto

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • alecto writes " I use a shopping trolley like the ones that are so popular on the Continent" - well that's jolly good for you. Perhaps you'd like to try the same with a baby, pushchair andor a toddler in tow .......?, no, probably not!

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Alecto - I am 9 miles south; Diss is 20 miles away, Wymondham 15, the "Sainsbury just along from the Harford Bridge Tesco" is in the city which I'd rather avoid, and the one on Longwater lane is even further away. Re " I am afraid your assertion that it would take two hours to visit North Norwich is odd indeed", I did not say it would take two hours to visit North Norwich, I said it is "the best part of 2 hours driving across Norwich and back" this is not 'an assertion' it is a fact, on a busy day, driving from here to the other side of Norwich, either through it or round it, is the best part of an hour one way. I have no devotion to any of the supermarkets but I would like the choice of going to an Asda's that is within a reasonable distance. I have lived in South Norfolk for the past 18 years but unlike you I have no knowledge of "the vast arry (sic) of supermarkets there", at a distance of just under 10 miles we have one Tescos at Harford Bridge, a Sainsburys and Morrisons but both in the city, and ....... oh no, thats it, that's the vast array!

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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