Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Llangollen, Wrecsam?


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.

10 comments:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Now owns the Wynnstay in Wrecsam as well. Stephanie obviously thinks she can just take over and dictate what she wants, will more than likely come a cropper.

Anonymous said...

The threat to go to wxm is more like a gun to the head of denbighshire planning commitee and a totally bullying way to do business.

Anonymous said...

She spread unfounded rumours about the future of the White Waters hotel in Llan and its viability, just before putting a bit in to buy the hotel.

Nothing to do with the hotel being in a better position than hers (Wild Pheasant) of course!

She gives business people a bad name.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Should be an interesting Planning Meeting in Rhuthun though! I wonder where Llangollen Councillors and the Town Council stand on this?

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Agreed!! tactics from a person who "doesn't like loosing".I spent most of yesterday trying to pin down the person in Wrexham council who told Booth that they would reject Tesco in Llan,nobody owned up becuase nobody new what the hell she was going on about,unless of course a couple of the gangstas in planning took it upon themselves to give her the nod and the wink.Still it's not(and cant be ) official so I suggest Wrexham Council make an immediate refute of her statements via the leader.
I am bitterly opposed to Tesco in Llan,but I dont like the this self interested egomaniac donning the gown of peoples champion when in fact she is motivated by her own agenda.
Jim

Plaid Queensway said...

I think you're right, we do need confirmation that Wrecsam council have made no statement as regards Llangollen coming to Wrecsam or the Tesco application in Denbighshire. I'll get clarification.

Clem said...

No one with any authority in Wrecsam would say what Stephanie claims they said, it is a totally senseless thing to say.

Plaid Queensway said...

Wrecsam council have received a query from a group in Llangollen relating to a planning application, which they have formally responded to. Other than that they state they have had no contact from, or communication with, Stephanie Booth.

Anonymous said...

she's off again in tonights leader defending(!) her position.The anti tesco lobby need to distance themselves from her and her sycophants,not only is she alienating people but she is making a laughing stock out of those who genuinely oppose Tesco
Jim

Anonymous said...

What a bigoted,self opinionated,tyranical,vocifeous,judgemental lot of 'effluence'! Please note that this comment is NOT aimed at the extremely eloquent,highly entertaining,passionate and true animal lover;Stephanie Booth but at her protagonists!
At least this lady puts her money where her mouth is and has made the nation aware there is such a place as Llangollen!.We have recently enjoyed watching the TV programme 'Stephanie's Hotel'(missed it's first showing)and admire her & her husbands optimistic and uplifting attitude to life,so unlike all the moaning,pessimism currently on 'display'!.Go Girl,Go......