One of the first visitors to the two day exhibition at Andover's Guild Hall was Sir George. Asda and Curzon Cinemas were explaining their proposals for a new store and multi-screen cinema to Andover residents, prior to the application going forward for planning approval next week.
"I hope this proposal goes through - though I understand the anxieties of local residents, particularly those in South St. It struck me that much had been done to meet their objections - moving the site of the motor-cycle bay, and deepening the strip of riverside tree and plant cover. The fact is that any town-centre site like this, in an expanding town like Andover, is going to be subject to some fairly high density development."
As a regular cinema-goer, Sir George was looking forward to no longer having to go to Basingstoke for his regular fix. "A four screen cinema is good news for the town and surrounding villages." It was explained to Sir George that the cinema was not viable without the store; and that Asda were convinced there was enough demand for another supermarket.
"Half the space in Asda is non-food - in fact the whole of one floor. I hope Asda take the opportunity to use this space to sell goods that one cannot buy elsewhere in Andover."
If the plans are approved, the development should open in October 2007.