Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Interesting to read about hotel owner Stephanie Booths master plan to move Llangollen into Wrecsam because Tesco have an application to build a supermarket in the town, nothing to do with the fact that the store would be sited next to one of her hotels of course. Stephanie and the 'Llangollen Chamber of Trade and Tourism' claim to have already spent £5000 getting ready for the move, a leap they claim they are determined to go ahead with should Denbighshire council grant planning permission for the supermarket.
I know quite a few people from Llangollen but not one who has anything to do with either Mrs Booth or the so called Chamber of Trade and Tourism, in fact I have heard from many residents who are pretty fed up with Stephanie Booth throwing her considerable influence around in the town. I wonder if anyone in Llan other than Mrs Booth and her pals have actually endorsed this latest proposal?
The following quote from Mrs Booth also raises an eyebrow:
“I have checked with Wrexham County Borough Council and they would welcome Llangollen and are 100 per cent against the supermarket” .
I have to wonder who she actually spoke to in Wrecsam council? There is certainly no one person I can think of who would have the authority to either welcome Llangollen or otherwise. Even if Llangollen were ever to come into Wrecsam, there isn't anyone at the authority who could pre judge the outcome of a planning application prior to it coming to the planning committee. I therefore find Mrs Booths claims very strange indeed.
No doubt there are a range of different views locally about the possibility of a Tesco coming to Llangollen and certainly people should have the opportunity to voice their opinion one way or another and to campaign against it if they wish to do so. However, I would have to question the motives of anyone who thinks they've got the right to move a local authority boundary purely because of one planning application which directly affects their business.