A MAJOR supermarket is calling on residents to have their say over plans for a multimillion-pound development on their doorstep.
Morrisons today launched a new website giving people the opportunity to view and comment on its plans for a new store and petrol station at Armstrong Road Retail Park, in Washington.
According to supermarket bosses, feedback from a recent public exhibition showed 95 per cent support for the proposals, which would create 350 jobs.
The new website – www.washington-morrisons.co.uk – has been created to encourage more views, which will then be presented to Sunderland City Council.
Andrew Cooper, development executive at Morrisons, said: “Although we have now submitted the planning application, the consultation process continues and we welcome further feedback on this scheme.
“The response to our public exhibitions was tremendous. We had almost 300 visitors and more than 95 per cent of them clearly expressed their support for the scheme, but we are not resting on our laurels.
“It is still important to give people the opportunity to view and comment on our plans. This is a very important issue as there is a great deal at stake – not least of which is the 350 new jobs, with excellent training and development opportunities targeted squarely at local people.”
The latest plans follow a string of other proposed supermarkets in the Wearside area, including Tesco at Roker Retail Park, another Tesco at Peel in Washington and two Sainsburys stores.
“The public have left us in no doubt about their wishes to see this new development on the Armstrong Road site. This fabulous response is very encouraging and we are grateful to everyone who has taken the time to give their feedback. It has helped us to shape the scheme for this development that is so important for Washington.”
At the recent public exhibitions, more than 170 visitors took the time to sit down and fill in a comments form, making comments such as: “It will bring prosperity to an area that has been neglected for many years. Must be a good thing.”;
“A great idea, this area needs competition. The sooner it’s built, the better.”;
“I strongly believe we need a Morrisons in the local area.”;
“Good competition for the area, bringing more customers to other shops.”;
“Much-needed development. It will aid job creation and follow-on investment.”;
“A very good idea, extra jobs and extra competition.”;
‘This will be excellent for Washington’.