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Businesses celebrate as councillors reject Thurston Sainsbury’s proposal

James Cracknell, Sarah Jefferson, Barry Jefferson, Caroline Lynch and Tina Barter

James Cracknell, Sarah Jefferson, Barry Jefferson, Caroline Lynch and Tina Barter

Businesses in Thurston are celebrating after Mid Suffolk District Council rejected plans to build a new Sainsbury’s in the village.

On Wednesday, the council voted unanimously against plans to build a new store at the former granary off Station Hill.

James Cracknell, who owns Cracknell Garage in the village, said he was delighted with the council’s decision.

He said: “In the last 18 months our car show room was turned into a convenience unit just to keep ourselves in business.

“The idea of Sainsbury’s coming along and walking all over us was a bit depressing.

“Now we can look to expand the business without the imminent threat of Sainsbury’s or any other of the big boys coming into town.

“We are very pleased with their decision.”

Barry Jefferson, who owns the village’s post office said: “My opinion on the decision is that it os good news for us.

“It would have had a detrimental effect on our businesses.”

Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and Thurston councillor, Derrick Haley, said: “This must have an impact - I do not believe that a retail site selling similar products to the garage and the post office would not have an impact.

“I cannot understand anyone saying it would not - you do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand that.”

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are clearly disappointed with the decision, and will now be considering our options.”

 

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