Letters to the Editor

Bus depot site

Labour has done nothing to ‘mislead the public’ over Sainsbury’s decision not to come to Dalkeith.

The facts of this matter are that in 2007 Forest Developments got planning permission to develop a store for Sainsbury’s on the site of the Dalkeith Bus Station.

The only thing holding up the Development was First Bus. That all changed in the run up to the election when First Bus announced they were closing the depot.

There was never any report to Council or Cabinet on March 23, or indeed any other date, indicating that Sainsbury’s were no longer interested in locating in Dalkeith.

I am not an avid reader of your paper and even if I were I would count a footnote to a story in the Advertiser as nothing more than the gossip I referred to in my initial press release.

I contacted Forrest Developments on June 20, 2012, for an update and they indicated that Sainsbury’s were reconsidering their decision and suggested that I write to their Chief Executive and ask them to clarify whether they were coming to the Dalkeith, which I did.

On receipt of the negative reply letter – dated June 28 and the first time I’d had confirmation of the decision – I issued the press statement.

Far from being ‘cynical’ or ‘sniping from the sides’ I am publicising this matter because I believe the people of Dalkeith and Midlothian deserve to know what is going on while the SNP/Independent/Green coalition bicker amongst themselves and extend the summer recess well into August.

I have been in touch with Forest Developments and offered to do anything I can to help encourage another major supermarket to locate in the town.

Councillor Alex Bennett

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