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VOTE: Marks and Spencer is coming to St Austell - but what do you think?

By CG_News  |  Posted: December 14, 2012


Coyte Farm Development

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MARKS and Spencer has confirmed its interest in opening a store at the £110 million Coyte development – and we want to know what you think. 

Could this big retail name benefit the town as a whole, even though it will be based in an out-of-town location? 

M&S' interest was revealed this week but it didn't stop St Austell Town Council objecting to the ambitious shopping and retail park at their full council meeting.

Many traders are also furious at the scheme which they think will destroy the town centre.

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Simon Hoare, from Mercian Developments Ltd, described it as "a golden opportunity for the town" – but what are your views?

Cast your vote in the poll to the right of this article and tell us whether you think it will be good or bad for St Austell and its traders.

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  • gubean  |  December 23 2012, 1:42PM

    M&S won't come in to a town like st austell and you know it, they have standards and rightly so. They were coming in yrs ago when another do gooder stopped them. Edwin broads, remember that shop?? Probably not, hes dead and gone and so we have no broads and no m&s well done him. M&S will not now come into st austell with the likes of 99p shops, betting shops charity shops and phone shops. Well done the new owner of town bet your real proud of yourselves for such a fine town.....NOT. Where can I buy childrens clothes? dvds? cds? Exactly, nowhere. I go to Truro for everything, as do many others. Coyte farm would bring people to st austell not take them away. If staustell fails its your fault not coytes. Other places cope and thrive with retail parks near by, so why cant you???????????????? Id like to live in a town nick named st awesome instead of st awful. I suggest you get rid of all the councillors that have shares and fingers in all the pies of the existing shops, i.e mr adeba, and get some some new blood in that office and people that have a clue, or you will have a worse town than you've got now, if thats at all possible!

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  • Ellandi  |  December 18 2012, 4:02PM

    Alternatively, please check out the campaign website supported by the Chamber of Commerce, local investors and businesses, that reflects the views of town council: http://tinyurl.com/cm5zlsj or twitter https://twitter.com/StopCoyteFarm To undertand the issues please visit: http://tinyurl.com/d7gkg4n And if you doubt he impact of massive OOT developments on town centres please read: http://tinyurl.com/bukudk7

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  • CoyteFarm  |  December 18 2012, 10:53AM

    For more information on Coyte Farm like our Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/d6z8v7g or follow us on twitter: @coytefarm

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  • kernewekonan  |  December 16 2012, 10:29PM

    gosh i have never come across so much negativity. if this scheme is passed which i hope it is, it will bring so much needed employment to the area not only in the long term but the local builders and construction workers also will benefit. and not forgetting there will be more choice for the shoppers. the benefits go on. if white river place had been designed and built with bigger stores in mind in the first onset things may have been a lot different. but what have we got from the demolition of the new town centre? of the 60, which i helped to build. just another small wet and windy precinct. I say yes to the coyte farm development.

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  • dma5545  |  December 16 2012, 11:03AM

    Read the comment made by Ellandi and imagine if M&S did come into to town, Coyte farm would soon be a distant memory and the town would thrive again. This Coyte farm is a money making racket and should be turned down. Weve invested many millions of our hard earned tax money into the White river development. If the shops want to be in St Austell then they will have to come to White River. There is space for them and it wont destroy 98 acres of green field land.

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  • OscarDelta  |  December 15 2012, 6:51PM

    M&S tried to come to St Austell town centre ten years ago and were told by the council that they couldn't (presumably because the brown envelopes weren't phat enough) so they just went to Truro instead and made that fantastic and wonderful and a pleasure, and St Awful has disappeared further down the pan. "Restormel" (as they are!) clearly want their cake and eat it, it's a miracle that anyone has entertained a second chance.

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  • gwalkera1  |  December 15 2012, 5:30AM

    An "intention" is not a contract. This is no more than a cynical attempt by the developer who are using their wealthy backers contacts to persuade local people to support their get-rich-quick scheme. If M & S want to come to St Austell then fine - let them come to the town centre. They trade very well in Plymouth and Truro town centres and the governments new planning framework clearly says town first. Not one member of the Town Council voted to support Coyte Farm scheme this week - not one! They objected principally because they know that, as sure as night follows day, Coyte Farm will destroy St Austell town.

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  • twain1  |  December 15 2012, 12:13AM

    £75m+ of our money to build White River place to regenerate St Austell (which St Austell and the loyal local businesses deserved) then sold at a 70% discount sale to Ellandi now knifed in the back with Coyte Farm. How much more shopping do you want? How many green fields do you want to concrete? The ''Supermarkets'' undercut the local traders and put them out of business. Now the ''Supermarkets'' are building their own local ''corner shops'' charging the same as the ones they put out of business.

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  • kittow2001  |  December 14 2012, 8:28PM

    We are assuming that Cornwall council are competent. Given their track record on planning, I would not be surprised if its built. St Austell has still not recovered from the 5 years of demolition in its town centre, where nothing was actually built! Its the same people in charge now as it was then. Also consider St Dennis and the incinerator - 60 lorries a day on those small roads? Did the impact assessment miss this detail? Oh ... and there is the Carlyon Bay development too. Until we vote out the idiots in the council who allow these stupid developments to take place, we will never have a thriving town such as Truro, or pretty much anywhere.

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  • jimjams2011  |  December 14 2012, 8:25PM

    I want a waitrose.

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