Baildon councillor Debbie Davies hopes to skewer persistent rumours of a possible Sainsbury’s store on the village’s Ian Clough car park by posing a simple question to Bradford’s full council next week.
Coun Davies has tabled: “Can the leader of the Council provide full Council with an assurance that the Ian Clough car park in Baildon is not and never will be for sale?”
Her question comes weeks after it was first suggested that a Leeds-based property developer had contacted the Council with a view to creating a Sainsbury’s convenience store on the car park which now hosts the monthly farmers’ market, as well as providing valuable village parking spaces.
“My reason for asking this question is to try and resolve this issue once and for all,” Coun Davies said this week.
“There seems to still be a degree of uncertainty around the village. There are still rumours going round and I occasionally get phone calls from people asking if it’s true that Sainsbury’s are coming to Baildon.”
She said that although Sainsbury’s had roundly denied any plan or knowledge of any possible development, that did not mean that another supermarket might get the same idea.
“The fact that Sainsbury’s denied it at the time doesn’t prevent them or anyone else from doing it at a later date,” said Coun Davies (Con).
Sara Mogford, president of Baildon Belles WI group said she welcomed Coun Davies’s question.
“I think people are still concerned about it because it would be such a disaster for Baildon if the car park was developed.
“Then again, the strength of feeling against such a thing is so strong, I believe nothing could go ahead anyway,” Mrs Mogford said.