Accusations of “Monopoly” over Sainsbury’s Local in Birkdale Village

The suggestion that the Sainsbury’s Local proposed on the site of Gastro and Michaels could extend further to include the adjacent Rainbow 2000 Take-Away has provokes a strong reaction from councillors representing Birkdale Village.

The story of the proposed conversion of the two restaurants was reported on OTS last week:  and

“It’s like they are playing a giant game of Monopoly,” said Lib Dem Councillor Iain Brodie Browne.

“The already have two cards in the colour group, and if the rumours are true they are after the third one.”

Another of the Birkdale councillors, Simon Shaw, attended the meeting organised by Birkdale Village Traders last Wednesday evening.  He warned that planning rules give residents and traders little opportunity to stop the change to a Sainsbury’s Local shop,

“The problem is that to change from the two restaurants to a shop does not require planning permission, although minor matters such as signs and a new ATM do,” explained Simon Shaw.

“Even a change from a fast food take-away to a shop does not need planning permission.  It’s very worrying.”

Cllr Brodie Browne also expressed his concern about the impact on parking: “Lib Dem councillors for the area, working with local traders, recently managed to secure an increase to a two hour limit.  That was all about making the Village even more attractive for shoppers.

This proposed store, seemingly getting bigger by the day, could put a lot of extra pressure on parking.”

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