1/ I would imagine that having an entry and exit on Brougham Street will spell the death knell of this plan, I would imagine that if the entry/exit were Union Street at the old timber yard ,there may be no problem with this new development.
James Thomson, Gourock. Posted at 11.55am, 13 August 2012
2/ Who are we kidding here? We know this will never get passed in Tescoville. It is something this town badly needs to break the stranglehold of Tesco and Morrisons and it will stop people like me who go to Asda at Helen Street, Glasgow, for their shopping.
Living In Hope. Posted at 11.55am, 13 August 2012
3/ I think the new Asda would be wonderful. It would stop Tesco and Morrisons charging what they like and it might actually make up for Tesco’s woefully shoddy clothing deptartment. I used to live next door to Govan’s 24 hour Asda and it was brilliant. I am so looking forward to being able to do a decent shop without having to compromise on quality.
Georgia. Posted at 2.10pm, 13 August 2012
4/ I would love to see more jobs coming into the area. Some competition for Tesco / Morrisons is long over due. Hopefully Asda will do it.
Name Supplied. Posted at 3.10pm, 13 August 2012
5/ I do not doubt for a minute that an Asda would be welcomed in this area, but not at the location they have chosen. This area was very recently refused planning permission by councillors for a much smaller supermarket on the grounds of parking and congestion. I cannot see how this project could overturn their findings. By all means bring in Asda but not in that very busy location. There have got to be much better sites in Greenock for it.
IB. Posted at 4.35pm, 13 August 2012
6/ IB There are no better sites in Greenock. As for the entrances to it, Tesco have a loading bay entrance right off a main roundabout and their car park entrance causes more trouble than enough, so Inverclyde would be bare-faced to bring traffic into this.Also they let Tesco build another floor to their car park that is too low for an ambulance or fire engine cannot to get up to their main entrance.
Living in Hope. Posted at 5.10pm, 13 August 2012
7/ Do not agree with you Living in Hope. The area that Tesco is on was specifically laid out for retail development with infrastructure to cope with demand and even that has proved at times to be inadequate. This area is completely different in the fact it is in a built-up area with a primary school and housing traffic also to contend with.
IB. Posted at 10.30am, 14 August 2012
8/ Regarding this earlier comment: “I would imagine that if the entry/exit were Union Street at the old timber yard ,there may be no problem with this new development” -- if you lived on Union Street next to the old timber yard I bet you’d soon change your ‘no problem’ opinion!
I agree that Greenock does need an ASDA to give other local supermarkets some competition but this site is simply not the place for it. The area around Brougham Street/Union Street is busy enough as it is without adding further traffic congestion. One area of the proposed site is derelict (old M&J Timber yard) but other areas support local businesses and jobs there may be affected. There are also many small businesses in the area (convenience stores and small food outlets) that will probably go out of business once ASDA are up and running.
The new store will mean that increased traffic noise and pollution will be an ever present for local residents. Those immediately next to the site will be unable to use gardens and outdoor areas without being overlooked from the roof-top car park. There are a number of brown-field sites in Greenock that could be looked at as alternative sites, the area around Grey Place, the site of the former Rover Car Dealership and the recently cleared site next to Inchgreen dry dock.
Let’s have ASDA in Greenock, but let’s make sure we put it in the right place.
Kenny Jack. Posted at 2.40pm, 14 August 2012
9/ I refer to the ASDA proposal. The not-in-my-back-yard brigade will soon get involved eh? They will tell us ASDA is a great idea but, erm, not in the West End. They can put it near to other people’s houses eh? So obvious. And sickening.
John Bowes. Posted at 4.05pm, 14 August 2012
10/ I have no doubt Tesco will fight tooth and nail to stop this store being built as it will affect their monopoly; for me, Morrisons does not even have an impact on shopping habits in our area. Everyone seems to be in favour of the Asda store. But as usual there is the moaning minority who say it is in the wrong place or its going to affect parking, etc. It’s this minority who really annoy me. Look at what it will bring to the area -- 300 jobs; an investment in our economy; regeneration of the area; greater competition and choice for us locally (which is what we need) as well as improving the transport in the area (new bus routes perhaps) and a car park on top of the store! What is there to moan about? Seriously, someone explain to me what is wrong with that?
As for the location of the store, Asda have been trying to get a shop in this area for years. I think it shows how far Asda has went to find a location that Tesco cannot claim.
So people, please stop moaning about how it might have some effect on how you live your individual lives and look at how it will benefit the community as a whole. Times are changing, embrace it for what it is -- probably one of the best things for us in the long run!
Sick of Moaners! Posted at 10.00pm, 14 August 2012
11/ I could not be more pleased. For many years now we have had to suffer Morrisons and Tescos. On a regular basis when shopping at Morrisons, there is one person serving at the cigarette counter to deal with selling cigarettes, selling and paying out lottery tickets and also dealing with customer services and returns. The queues are an absolute disgrace because of this and on several occasions I have contacted the manager of the store and head office regarding this awful service but they don’t seem to care.
Also when you go to the checkouts after doing your shopping, often half the tills are not in operation, even though there are queues of people moaning and groaning waiting to be served. Then you go out the main door and you have to try and dodge the cars passing the taxis parked in the middle of the road where the large parking cones are displayed to stop this happening. Once again management have been told about this danger and have stated there’s nothing they can do.
You then go to the trolley bays to put your shopping trolley away and the area is absolutely filthy as if it has not been brushed for weeks and many of the trolleys have rubbish in them. Tesco at least have most if not all of their checkouts opened on a regular basis and their cigarette counter is never single-manned. The car park in Tesco is an absolute disgrace as the disabled spaces are constantly being used by persons without a blue badge. Again I have contacted management in store and also contacted their head office to be told there’s nothing they can do about it.
Very regularly you go into the shop and there are no shopping baskets available. A few months ago I told a member of staff there were no baskets and was told to go up to the end of the checkouts and I would get one. I am disabled and this is a disgraceful way to treat any customer never mind disabled ones. Often you have to go to the taxi rank to get a trolley as Tescos have not returned them to their bays.
Taking everything i to consideration, Asda could only make Greenock a better place for everyone. I often shop in Asda in Linwood and never have any of the problems I have previously listed and hopefully everyone would go to Asda if opening and let them see what quality customer care is.
Name and address supplied. Posted at 8.40am, 15 August 2012
12/ Couldn't agree with you more, Kenny Jack [Comment 8], everything you have stated is a fact. Forget the fact it is in the West End, or the notion people are just moaners -- this is not a good place to put a large supermarket.
IB Posted at 4.10pm, 15 August 2012
13/ Bring it on, compare the fuel prices between Greenock and Govan/Linwood, much cheaper than Inverclyde, thats what real competition brings. [Please note, Asda's plan for Greenock does not currently include a petrol station, Editor]
Gordon Posted at 4.30pm, 15 August 2012
14/ I shall keep my powder dry until I see a detailed drawing. The artist's impression does not show enough detail regarding ingress and egress, storage and parking etc, but the thought of waltzing round the aisles where we used to quickstep round the floor is making me smile. (The building now occupied by Rileys was the Greenock Palladium, a dance hall that held more than two thousand people on a Friday and Saturday night , with Western SMT buses waiting to transport you home to all parts of the three burghs -- it was the place to be.)
John H. Posted at 10am, 16 August 2012