SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has refuted claims that people living near the proposed site for a new store have “major concerns” about the development.
Mold councillor Chris Bithell said many residents living close to the proposed store – which is likely to be built on stilts – have expressed worries about it.
Cllr Bithell said there are worries about the future of the site where the famous Gold Cape was found, as well as concerns over increased traffic levels and issues over the height of the building.
But Sainsbury’s, who said they hoped to submit their plans to Flintshire Council “in the coming months”, said the majority of people who have been in contact with them have shown support for their build scheme.
A company spokesman said that since their consultation began in November, they had been contacted by more than 1,000 people, with around 75 per cent supporting the proposals.
“Hundreds of local people have told us that they’d like to see a new Sainsbury’s in Mold, with the improved choice, competition and up to 300 new jobs that it could bring,” the spokesman said.
“Some residents have also backed the design of the store, praising the ‘store on stilts’ layout, which will see car parking on the ground floor and the shopping area on the first floor.”
But Cllr Bithell said there has been negative reaction to a booklet distributed by Sainsbury’s with more details of their Mold plans, with people living closer to the area – on the former Kwik Save site on Chester Road – the most unsure.
He said: “There are people living close to the site with major concerns.
“Traffic in particular, the size of the site and the concerns about competition for other shops in the town centre were raised.
“There is concern about the site which the Gold Cape was discovered.”
He said that originally, Sainsbury’s had expressed a plan to build a rugby pitch on the site for Mold Rugby Club, which has its grounds next to the site, but that now it is likely the site will be left untouched.
A petrol station is also likely to be built close to the site – on land opposite Homebase.
Cllr Bithell added: “Some people are of the opinion it might be overdeveloped.”
But he accepted that the supermarket chain had been accommodating in its approach, and had attempted to allay fears residents had with the proposal.
The spokesman for Sainsbury’s added: “We are continuing to consult on our plans for a new foodstore in Mold, and have yet to submit the plans to Flintshire County Council.”
The spokesman said this would ensure they make best use of the space available on site.
He added: “As well as engaging with residents who support the scheme, we are actively working on the issues that have been raised during the consultation to date.
“We continue to consult with local residents and since our consultation started, we have distributed 10,000 information leaflets about the plans, published the proposals on a dedicated project website and run a three-day public exhibition in Mold.
“We will continue to work with the local community on our proposals, and hope to submit them to Flintshire County Council in the coming months.”