Waitrose Sidcup future still undecided

PUBLISHED: 11:53 13 November 2012

The future of the proposed Waitrose in Sidcup High Street is still up in the air after Bexley Council revealed it is still waiting for the store to tell them of the plans for the unit they leased.

It is part of the recent Travelodge development but has remained vacant since the company decided not to go along with plans to build a supermarket in the town.

But Waitrose still has a lease on the unit and Bexley council claims the chain has made no effort to put it on the market.

Cllr Linda Bailey said: “I am sorry to say we’re still waiting for a response from Waitrose. We are still hopeful they will revisit the plan and the use the unit in light of the continued support of local people.

“At the very least, we hope that Waitrose will lease the unit to another retailer that will add something to the town.”

Waitrose and Travelodge had a joint planning application approved by the council in October of last year but have since halted plans because bosses were ‘concerned the shop would not be commercially viable in the long-term.’

Bexley councillors presented a petition containing almost 6,000 signatures to the London Assembly member Kit Malthouse at the end of July, trying to get Waitrose to consider its decision.

The campaign has received celebrity backing from Sidcup residents such as newspaper columnist Garry Bushell.

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