Call for town to back ‘under threat’ shops

Albert Parade in Old Town
Albert Parade in Old Town

Residents are being urged to show their support to an ‘under threat’ parade of shops by digging deep and spending £5 in the stores.

Albert Parade boasts a butcher, fishmonger and baker but campaigners are concerned that the introduction of a Sainsbury’s will damage businesses in the area.

The supermarket wants to open a store on the site of The Drive pub, which closed its doors at the weekend, although a planning row is looming between campaigners, Eastbourne Borough Council and the supermarket giant.

Tomorrow (Saturday) campaigners against the supermarket coming to town are calling on the community to support Albert Parade and spend £5 in shops on that stretch.

There will also be the chance to take part in a photo shoot to emphasise the message from campaigners.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “Like many Old Town residents and traders I do not want a Sainsbury’s supermarket here.

“Albert Parade really is a very special community of shops with a fantastic range of independent retailers.

“From the fishmonger to the butcher, to a baker to a greengrocer, all of whom we fear are under threat if Sainsbury’s get there way. I urge as many people as possible from across Eastbourne to come and spend £5 on Albert Parade this Saturday.

“Also bring your brollies as at 11am we will be organising a big photoshoot with a clear, united message to Sainsbury’s; ‘Don’t rain on Albert Parade’.”

Residents have set up the Albert Parade Action Committee and a Facebook group has been set up called Keep Albert Parade Special, with 570 members and a website: www.albertparade.co.uk

Community petitions by campaigners and local businesses have got hundreds of signatures opposing Sainsbury’s.