As one of the last butchers in Truro and Landlord of Truro’s Pannier Market with a large amount of independent market traders, the planners do not seem to realise that the pie is only so big!
If this scheme goes ahead, Truro will be flanked on all sides with supermarkets and we will become just like any other city in the UK. We need to keep Truro unique, so it’s still a visitor attraction.
With regards to the “Cornish Food Hall” I feel that it is just another marketing ploy! The Cornish farmers are selling their produce to an organisation, it is being rebranded and sold back to the Cornish…probably at an inflated price!
If the supermarket customer is serious about buying local produce they can visit the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday in Truro or come and see me in the Pannier Market where all my produce is locally sourced.
The planners shouldn’t be thinking about how many more supermarkets they can squeeze into Truro, they ought to be planning the road infrastructure. Furthermore, what was the point of investing so much money in Truro Park & Ride at Threemilestone, if they were planning on supermarkets occupying the outskirts?
As far as I can see, this development would be another nail in the coffin for Truro’s traders.