Readers 'positive' about new Asda in Hayle
FOLLOWING the news that retail giant Asda is set to open in Hayle there has been an overwhelming reaction from Cornishman readers.
When the retailer emerged last November as the favourite to take on the site, it caused controversy in the town, with many residents opposed to the store being built on South Quay.
Last week, when it was confirmed that the supermarket would be opening within a year, many readers went online to express their opinions.
The majority who commented on the story on The Cornishman Facebook page said that Asda coming to South Quay was a positive thing for the town.
Carol Coad, said: "It's not about which supermarket it is. Think about the investment in our town, the quays, the infrastructure being improved ... I think this is a great opportunity for us all and should be embraced. I can't wait to see the town of Hayle looking as attractive as anywhere else in Cornwall, instead of abandoned like it has done for too many years."
Many readers agreed that it was time that redevelopment of the area at South Quay got under way after being left derelict for 30 years.
Roger Weeks commented: "I imagine it will be a great boost to the town and will vastly improve what has been a huge eyesore for decades. An eyesore is still just an eyesore no matter how much history or heritage is attached to it.
"It's also crucial that our children are brought up in a thriving area and Hayle does seem to be on the more positive side compared to many other Cornish towns, and getting better. Let the development start."
Earlier in the year, the United Nations World Heritage Committee called on the Government to block plans for the supermarket development, as it was thought the store would pose a threat to the town's world heritage status.
Yet the town council remained in favour of the proposals for the 50,000sq ft store, which is the first part of a multimillion-pound project at the quay.
Hayle mayor, Jayne Ninnes, said more than anything there was a feeling of relief that work would start on the harbour.
She added: "The town council are pleased that the development is finally beginning. We have waited a long time for South Quay to be repaired. I hope that the measures put in as part of the planning, such as three hours' free parking and a bridge to the high street, will ensure other shops don't suffer. It is possible to have a win-win here."
Several comments did express concern that another supermarket would be built in west Cornwall.