Controversial work to transform ex-Caerleon pub, The Angel Hotel to Sainsbury’s store moves on

South Wales Argus: DEMOLITION: Work progresses to convert the former Angel Hotel into a Sainsbury's store DEMOLITION: Work progresses to convert the former Angel Hotel into a Sainsbury's store

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s is forging ahead with plans to open a store in a village near Newport this autumn.

The Sainsbury’s Local supermarket will be unveiled in Caerleon at the site of the Angel Hotel on Goldcroft Common before Christmas, creating up to 25 jobs, the retailer said yesterday.

More than 1,700 people signed a petition against the convenience store amid fears it could undermine local trade and cause traffic congestion, but Newport councillors approved the plans last summer.

The demolition of the Angel Hotel is nearing completion, and construction works will begin on the supermarket, set to stretch over 385 square metres with ten parking spaces at the back.

Caerleon ward Cllr Paul Huntley, one of the store’s staunchest critics, said: “My opinion has not changed one bit but there is nothing I can do about it. It’s happening.

You’ve got to grin and bear it.

“I have concerns about traffic generation and pollution and the effect on small businesses close by.”

Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have.

“Mymain concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on traffic and parking.”

Vicky Burchell, of the World of Kitchens showroom, next to the pub on Goldcroft Common, added: “The works are quite radical.

I don’t want anybody to think we’re closed or it has anything to do with us.

“In the long term it could be good for us but it’s quite a dramatic change for the face of Caerleon at the moment.”

Sainsbury’s regional acquisitions manager, Oliver A’Court, told the Argus: “Sainsbury’s is looking to open the new convenience store this autumn, creating up to 25 new jobs for local people and complementing the existing offer in the village centre.

“Welook forward to coming to Caerleon and to being part of the centre and the community for years to come.”

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10:36am Thu 16 May 13

pinpong says...

So Paul Huntley wont be using it then and as for the Spar. This is all about choice for shoppers. Lower your prices and compete
So Paul Huntley wont be using it then and as for the Spar. This is all about choice for shoppers. Lower your prices and compete pinpong

11:12am Thu 16 May 13

sherrie says...

I love shopping in Sainsbury's!
I love shopping in Sainsbury's! sherrie

11:12am Thu 16 May 13

sherrie says...

I love shopping in Sainsbury's!
I love shopping in Sainsbury's! sherrie

1:33pm Thu 16 May 13

ashterix says...

"Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. "

What about fresh vegetables and fruit? The fruit & veg in the spar is hardly fresh and barely edible.

I think it is a little bit of healthy competition that will ultimately bring in trade.

The pub was not viable and was trading poorly, the only other use for the site would have been residential and I am sure the residents would have opposed that plan also
"Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. " What about fresh vegetables and fruit? The fruit & veg in the spar is hardly fresh and barely edible. I think it is a little bit of healthy competition that will ultimately bring in trade. The pub was not viable and was trading poorly, the only other use for the site would have been residential and I am sure the residents would have opposed that plan also ashterix

1:45pm Thu 16 May 13

Furface says...

Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have.
“My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on
traffic and parking.”

Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access)
Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now?
I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property.
No case to answer I'm afraid.
Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. “My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on traffic and parking.” Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access) Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now? I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property. No case to answer I'm afraid. Furface

2:24pm Thu 16 May 13

blackandamber says...

Goodbye Caerleon
Goodbye Caerleon blackandamber

3:26pm Thu 16 May 13

amandadavies8 says...

Furface wrote:
Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have.
“My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on
traffic and parking.”

Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access)
Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now?
I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property.
No case to answer I'm afraid.
My thoughts exactly.....just don't want the competition.....ther
e not going to be any extra traffic coming to caerleon just to go to a little sainsburys....but I can't wait for it to be there.... Love sainsburys..
[quote][p][bold]Furface[/bold] wrote: Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. “My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on traffic and parking.” Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access) Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now? I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property. No case to answer I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly.....just don't want the competition.....ther e not going to be any extra traffic coming to caerleon just to go to a little sainsburys....but I can't wait for it to be there.... Love sainsburys.. amandadavies8

4:24pm Thu 16 May 13

Ranger12 says...

Local traders try and obtain sympathy but you have to work hard and invest in your customers to gain this.
This shop has had no investment for 12 years at least compare it to the Ponthir Spar / Malpas rd Spar who make an effort the later competing with Tesco.
Add high prices and miserable staff no wonder Sainsburys saw an opportunity to enter a poorly served market.
Independents who don't try don't deserve to survive, I for one welcome Sainsburys to Caerleon I can at last buy decent products at a fair price in Caerleon.
Local traders try and obtain sympathy but you have to work hard and invest in your customers to gain this. This shop has had no investment for 12 years at least compare it to the Ponthir Spar / Malpas rd Spar who make an effort the later competing with Tesco. Add high prices and miserable staff no wonder Sainsburys saw an opportunity to enter a poorly served market. Independents who don't try don't deserve to survive, I for one welcome Sainsburys to Caerleon I can at last buy decent products at a fair price in Caerleon. Ranger12

5:44pm Thu 16 May 13

Magor says...

Good luck.We have to put up with a shabby expensive Budgens but thats what you get with a monopoly unless you use your car.
Good luck.We have to put up with a shabby expensive Budgens but thats what you get with a monopoly unless you use your car. Magor

6:12pm Thu 16 May 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

see the site plan

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6:18pm Thu 16 May 13

robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk says...

No notice taken of petitions to the planners then. Why do we ever bother signing these things??
No notice taken of petitions to the planners then. Why do we ever bother signing these things?? robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk

9:00pm Thu 16 May 13

Floppy backed says...

Its all very well being smug and saying its good competition because anyone who owns a business knows its 'unfair competition' you cannot compete with the big supermarkets. Once they are in they can only grow and trample on anyone that's in the vicinity. I am sure you wouldnt say the same if someone came in to a business next to where you worked and nicked all yr trade and you had to be laid off - pushing the prices artificially low comes at a price!!!

There is a plus side as Caerleon has been dying for a while so this may help generate the little complex but it sure wont be a butcher, florist, newsagent or anyone thats in direct competition with anything they sell. They have power in so many ways and sorry to say they squeeze the suppliers and sell 'so so' quality items.

I have to laugh when they say 25 jobs - these wont be main bread-winners wages these will be part time low wages its far from skilled or manufacturing.

Sadly unless there are good grounds petitions mean nothing. The land was available and they were building on brown field sites and this is fundamental in planning laws. Objections have to be extremely strong otherwise they go to appeal then win which costs the council. Sadly anyone must be mad to risk opening a shop that sells anything similar to a supermarket as you can never compete on cost - 'quality' may be your selling point but sadly people of Britain have lost their taste buds to poor bland foods forced on us by the supermarkets.
Its all very well being smug and saying its good competition because anyone who owns a business knows its 'unfair competition' you cannot compete with the big supermarkets. Once they are in they can only grow and trample on anyone that's in the vicinity. I am sure you wouldnt say the same if someone came in to a business next to where you worked and nicked all yr trade and you had to be laid off - pushing the prices artificially low comes at a price!!! There is a plus side as Caerleon has been dying for a while so this may help generate the little complex but it sure wont be a butcher, florist, newsagent or anyone thats in direct competition with anything they sell. They have power in so many ways and sorry to say they squeeze the suppliers and sell 'so so' quality items. I have to laugh when they say 25 jobs - these wont be main bread-winners wages these will be part time low wages its far from skilled or manufacturing. Sadly unless there are good grounds petitions mean nothing. The land was available and they were building on brown field sites and this is fundamental in planning laws. Objections have to be extremely strong otherwise they go to appeal then win which costs the council. Sadly anyone must be mad to risk opening a shop that sells anything similar to a supermarket as you can never compete on cost - 'quality' may be your selling point but sadly people of Britain have lost their taste buds to poor bland foods forced on us by the supermarkets. Floppy backed

2:05am Fri 17 May 13

smokintheweed says...

I went to Caerleon recently. The only shop open at the time sold some god-awful pasty at a higher than reasonable price. People complain about driving out small businesses but when they have a monopoly on overpriced goods then you have to start asking questions.
I went to Caerleon recently. The only shop open at the time sold some god-awful pasty at a higher than reasonable price. People complain about driving out small businesses but when they have a monopoly on overpriced goods then you have to start asking questions. smokintheweed

5:27am Fri 17 May 13

scraptheWAG says...

i know that spar its small and expensive like most spar stores are,
i know that spar its small and expensive like most spar stores are, scraptheWAG

10:20am Fri 17 May 13

exMark says...

I visit the Spar shop daily and it's ridiculously overpriced. Can't wait for Sainsburys to open.
I visit the Spar shop daily and it's ridiculously overpriced. Can't wait for Sainsburys to open. exMark

1:14pm Fri 17 May 13

vic flange says...

These shops are popping up everywhere so why should Caerleon be different. I popped into the spar once and thought I was back in 1950's Britain and rationing ..

Also good news about the Hanbury becoming a pound land store -£)
These shops are popping up everywhere so why should Caerleon be different. I popped into the spar once and thought I was back in 1950's Britain and rationing .. Also good news about the Hanbury becoming a pound land store -£) vic flange

1:22pm Fri 17 May 13

j2orange says...

There was no complaints when the Drover's was turned into a Kebab shop or a Tattoo shop started up, very keeping within Caerleons history. !! People who complain about this new store opening are the same ones i see getting into their cars and shopping in the large supermarkets, they don't think of elderly people with no transport who HAVE to shop locally.
There was no complaints when the Drover's was turned into a Kebab shop or a Tattoo shop started up, very keeping within Caerleons history. !! People who complain about this new store opening are the same ones i see getting into their cars and shopping in the large supermarkets, they don't think of elderly people with no transport who HAVE to shop locally. j2orange

6:32pm Fri 17 May 13

NakedDancer says...

Furface wrote:
Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have.
“My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on
traffic and parking.”

Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access)
Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now?
I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property.
No case to answer I'm afraid.
Sorry, I think you blew your own argument. As you say, the traffic and parking in that location is already horrendous and a large supermarket with its customer cars and delivery vehicles can only make it worse.

I'm actually for a Sainsbury in Caerleon but it's probably the wrong site on that busy roundabout on the one-way system. The shop footprint much bigger than the Angel pub, and 10 parking spaces don't seem to be enough - the Ponthir Spar often has parking chaos and that has space for more than 10 cars and isn't on a one-way system. Anyway, it's going ahead so I guess we'll see.
[quote][p][bold]Furface[/bold] wrote: Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. “My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on traffic and parking.” Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access) Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now? I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property. No case to answer I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I think you blew your own argument. As you say, the traffic and parking in that location is already horrendous and a large supermarket with its customer cars and delivery vehicles can only make it worse. I'm actually for a Sainsbury in Caerleon but it's probably the wrong site on that busy roundabout on the one-way system. The shop footprint much bigger than the Angel pub, and 10 parking spaces don't seem to be enough - the Ponthir Spar often has parking chaos and that has space for more than 10 cars and isn't on a one-way system. Anyway, it's going ahead so I guess we'll see. NakedDancer

7:29pm Fri 17 May 13

thomas35 says...

There may be concerns re. the opening of Sainsbury on the Common
However it is nothing compared to what is going on at the so called development at Trinity View Caerleon.
This site resembles an opencast mining venture... which would have been met with outrage .However the slag tip alongside the verge of the main road is looking increasingly dangerous and other operations seem to be void of all safety procedures .
It is now a must forNewport City and planners , and Councillors to have this
site investIgated before a disaster takes place!!!!
There may be concerns re. the opening of Sainsbury on the Common However it is nothing compared to what is going on at the so called development at Trinity View Caerleon. This site resembles an opencast mining venture... which would have been met with outrage .However the slag tip alongside the verge of the main road is looking increasingly dangerous and other operations seem to be void of all safety procedures . It is now a must forNewport City and planners , and Councillors to have this site investIgated before a disaster takes place!!!! thomas35

11:36pm Fri 17 May 13

Furface says...

NakedDancer wrote:
Furface wrote:
Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have.
“My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on
traffic and parking.”

Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access)
Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now?
I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property.
No case to answer I'm afraid.
Sorry, I think you blew your own argument. As you say, the traffic and parking in that location is already horrendous and a large supermarket with its customer cars and delivery vehicles can only make it worse.

I'm actually for a Sainsbury in Caerleon but it's probably the wrong site on that busy roundabout on the one-way system. The shop footprint much bigger than the Angel pub, and 10 parking spaces don't seem to be enough - the Ponthir Spar often has parking chaos and that has space for more than 10 cars and isn't on a one-way system. Anyway, it's going ahead so I guess we'll see.
I don't think I've blown my own argument. I'm merely pointing out that its a bit rich for the owner of the Spar to say that the new Sainsburys will have an impact upon parking and traffic when the Spar already brings chaos to Caerleon every day. I think my argument was you can't have one rule for one and one rule for another.
[quote][p][bold]NakedDancer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Furface[/bold] wrote: Yin Loo, who owns the Spar convenience store in Station Road, Caerleon, said: “At the end of the day they are not selling anything we don’t sell. It’s a duplication of what we already have. “My main concern is for the locality and the impact it’s going to have on traffic and parking.” Regarding traffic and parking - has Mrs Loo not seen the Spar articulated lorry that comes to Caerleon twice a day (first delivery sometimes at 7.30am and then again goodness knows why at 10.30am) plus the the two large bread vans and one fruit and veg van and the impact that has on traffic (and pavements as the large lorries and vans park half on the pavement and half on the road blocking pedestrain access) Where does Mrs Loo think those with cars coming to her shop park now? I'm afraid it can't be one rule for one and one rule for another. At least Sainsburys will be providing some parking and I believe a delivery area at the rear of the property. No case to answer I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I think you blew your own argument. As you say, the traffic and parking in that location is already horrendous and a large supermarket with its customer cars and delivery vehicles can only make it worse. I'm actually for a Sainsbury in Caerleon but it's probably the wrong site on that busy roundabout on the one-way system. The shop footprint much bigger than the Angel pub, and 10 parking spaces don't seem to be enough - the Ponthir Spar often has parking chaos and that has space for more than 10 cars and isn't on a one-way system. Anyway, it's going ahead so I guess we'll see.[/p][/quote]I don't think I've blown my own argument. I'm merely pointing out that its a bit rich for the owner of the Spar to say that the new Sainsburys will have an impact upon parking and traffic when the Spar already brings chaos to Caerleon every day. I think my argument was you can't have one rule for one and one rule for another. Furface

7:49pm Mon 20 May 13

lcu06rjt says...

I am all in favour of this Sainsbury's. Hopefully it will try to end the complacency of the other shops in the Village. Who ever closes at 6pm deserves to have a kick up the arse by a big retailer who has successfully shown to the public they can deliver not only a better service, but better products that we want. I mean have you tried to buy sour cream or olives in Caerleon? My gosh it is almost hell. Leave the Spar to sell fags, white lightning and bread, whilst Sainsbury's gives us the crudités, aged meats and best of all, nectar points.
I am all in favour of this Sainsbury's. Hopefully it will try to end the complacency of the other shops in the Village. Who ever closes at 6pm deserves to have a kick up the arse by a big retailer who has successfully shown to the public they can deliver not only a better service, but better products that we want. I mean have you tried to buy sour cream or olives in Caerleon? My gosh it is almost hell. Leave the Spar to sell fags, white lightning and bread, whilst Sainsbury's gives us the crudités, aged meats and best of all, nectar points. lcu06rjt

10:21am Tue 21 May 13

Leepod says...

Good bye Spar, Hello Sainsburys! The Spar is dingy and expensive. At least with Sainsburys prices will be lower and the quality of products. I foresee deliveries being an issue, especially with the zebra crossing.
Good bye Spar, Hello Sainsburys! The Spar is dingy and expensive. At least with Sainsburys prices will be lower and the quality of products. I foresee deliveries being an issue, especially with the zebra crossing. Leepod

11:47am Tue 21 May 13

evearthur says...

10 parking spaces aren't going to be enough and the lazy drivers of Newport probably will park in stupid places, blocking the one way system causing problems for busses that may not be able to get by causing traffic, but I am glad there is a better shop going into caerleon. There are alot of elderly residents who may not like getting the bus into Newport (who can blame them) and there will now be a shop for them to buy fresh veg and offer more variety than the spar that will be a lot cheaper!
10 parking spaces aren't going to be enough and the lazy drivers of Newport probably will park in stupid places, blocking the one way system causing problems for busses that may not be able to get by causing traffic, but I am glad there is a better shop going into caerleon. There are alot of elderly residents who may not like getting the bus into Newport (who can blame them) and there will now be a shop for them to buy fresh veg and offer more variety than the spar that will be a lot cheaper! evearthur

8:55pm Tue 21 May 13

NakedDancer says...

thomas35 wrote:
There may be concerns re. the opening of Sainsbury on the Common
However it is nothing compared to what is going on at the so called development at Trinity View Caerleon.
This site resembles an opencast mining venture... which would have been met with outrage .However the slag tip alongside the verge of the main road is looking increasingly dangerous and other operations seem to be void of all safety procedures .
It is now a must forNewport City and planners , and Councillors to have this
site investIgated before a disaster takes place!!!!
Indeed. Newport Planning have for many years failed to control the height of the houses or specified realistic development timescales to limit mess and disruption. The houses seem to get higher with each new build and are not in proportion to the non existent gardens so they look like a block of high rise flats.
[quote][p][bold]thomas35[/bold] wrote: There may be concerns re. the opening of Sainsbury on the Common However it is nothing compared to what is going on at the so called development at Trinity View Caerleon. This site resembles an opencast mining venture... which would have been met with outrage .However the slag tip alongside the verge of the main road is looking increasingly dangerous and other operations seem to be void of all safety procedures . It is now a must forNewport City and planners , and Councillors to have this site investIgated before a disaster takes place!!!![/p][/quote]Indeed. Newport Planning have for many years failed to control the height of the houses or specified realistic development timescales to limit mess and disruption. The houses seem to get higher with each new build and are not in proportion to the non existent gardens so they look like a block of high rise flats. NakedDancer

8:48am Wed 22 May 13

bravoscar says...

1700 signed the petition? Its still going ahead?
Only 6 churchmen committee signed to stop magor having a Tesco Express,
No point in duplicating shops they say!
What about 3 Indian takeaways and 3 estate agent's hmmmm perhaps I need a specsavers!
1700 signed the petition? Its still going ahead? Only 6 churchmen committee signed to stop magor having a Tesco Express, No point in duplicating shops they say! What about 3 Indian takeaways and 3 estate agent's hmmmm perhaps I need a specsavers! bravoscar

10:33am Fri 24 May 13

Jack Land says...

the old petrol station by the bridge was the ideal location for this store, not at a pinch point on an already oversubscribed infrastructure
the old petrol station by the bridge was the ideal location for this store, not at a pinch point on an already oversubscribed infrastructure Jack Land

11:39am Tue 28 May 13

Furface says...

Jack Land wrote:
the old petrol station by the bridge was the ideal location for this store, not at a pinch point on an already oversubscribed infrastructure
I agree but I think or thought I had heard that the land is/was not suitable for a number of years because of the petrol pumps in the ground. There was a rumour at some point that flats were going to be built there but that all went quiet, I suspect for the same reason. It's a shame as it's the entrance into Caerleon and could be so much more.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Land[/bold] wrote: the old petrol station by the bridge was the ideal location for this store, not at a pinch point on an already oversubscribed infrastructure[/p][/quote]I agree but I think or thought I had heard that the land is/was not suitable for a number of years because of the petrol pumps in the ground. There was a rumour at some point that flats were going to be built there but that all went quiet, I suspect for the same reason. It's a shame as it's the entrance into Caerleon and could be so much more. Furface

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