Future of Hamworthy's burnt-down Co-op store still up in the air

Bournemouth Echo: RAZED: The Co-op store on Blandford Road, Hamworthy, after the fire RAZED: The Co-op store on Blandford Road, Hamworthy, after the fire

MORE than five years after a Poole Co-op burnt to the ground in a mystery blaze, negotiations are still being held over its future.

Residents are still being served in a temporary cabin in the site, a situation described as “disgraceful” with many complaining of cramped conditions, limited choice and its unsuitability for wheelchair users.

Despite planning approvals in 2008 for a new store, a renewal in February this year and a new application approved in April, a new store has still not been built in Blandford Road, Hamworthy, to replace the supermarket that burnt down in late summer 2007. The Co-op has now applied for its fourth renewal of the cabin – for a further year while it holds talks with Poole planners about changes to its latest proposal for a new store and a commercial unit.

Fred Winwood, chairman of Hamside Residents Association said: “It’s disgraceful. They have these planning permissions and work was going to start last May. They have done nothing about it.”

He said: “If they have problems, get them sorted. We need that store.”

Ward councillor Charmaine Parkinson said residents had complained to her of limited stock, that the premises were not fit for purpose and the condition of the building was poor.

“Alongside this there is a lot of frustration and many residents now go into town to do their shopping and won’t support the Co-op any more as they feel ‘let down’,” she said.

“I am also hearing various residents say that if the Co-op had already built their premises they wouldn’t be in the position they are today of being challenged by another possible supermarket in Hamworthy,” she added.

A spokesman for Co-operative Food said: “We continue to progress our plans for a new store in Hamworthy and we are committed to serving the local community. However, in light of the council’s apparent support for plans for a large out-of-town development on the former power station site, we don’t expect our original plans to be viable. Therefore we are currently in talks with the council about possible revisions.

“In the meantime, we have applied for an extension to the permission for our temporary food store in order to be able to continue offering local people quality products and a high standard of customer service.

“We would like to thank customers for their understanding and patience during this time.”

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5:28pm Mon 17 Dec 12

LornaBournemouth says...

Fred Winwood strikes again! Sanctimonious hypocrite. He was the one who moaned about his neighbours tree blocking the light from his kitchen window and insisted it was chopped down!! and thats among other misdemeanours !
Fred Winwood strikes again! Sanctimonious hypocrite. He was the one who moaned about his neighbours tree blocking the light from his kitchen window and insisted it was chopped down!! and thats among other misdemeanours ! LornaBournemouth

5:36pm Mon 17 Dec 12

EGHH says...

Anyone care to bet that the Co-op will pull out and sell the land to a property developer for flats?
Anyone care to bet that the Co-op will pull out and sell the land to a property developer for flats? EGHH

6:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

hamworthygarden says...

The decking at the entrance to the store is becoming extremely worn and has been patched up but it is not good enough. We need a decent store in Hamworthy. If it was not for the fact that there are a lot of local people who are unable to get into town for their shopping I would say to the council stop renewing the 'cabins' licence and then see how fast they build and new store or let someone new come into our town. And not forgetting that a larger store will not be able to have such long opening hours,particularly on Sundays. Sort yourself our Co-op you seem to get on with all refurbs etc with other stores.
The decking at the entrance to the store is becoming extremely worn and has been patched up but it is not good enough. We need a decent store in Hamworthy. If it was not for the fact that there are a lot of local people who are unable to get into town for their shopping I would say to the council stop renewing the 'cabins' licence and then see how fast they build and new store or let someone new come into our town. And not forgetting that a larger store will not be able to have such long opening hours,particularly on Sundays. Sort yourself our Co-op you seem to get on with all refurbs etc with other stores. hamworthygarden

7:57pm Mon 17 Dec 12

BROCKSDAD says...

The co op want to sort it self out and get building or sell the plot to another supermarket, hamworthy tesco's
The co op want to sort it self out and get building or sell the plot to another supermarket, hamworthy tesco's BROCKSDAD

3:19am Tue 18 Dec 12

Baywolf says...

BROCKSDAD wrote:
The co op want to sort it self out and get building or sell the plot to another supermarket, hamworthy tesco's
Be a whole lot cheaper if Tescos moved in..the co op has a monopoly on that sight and charges extortionate amounts for what it sells, now it's sour grapes because another supermarket is in the offing. Yes it's a pain to go to ASDAs but hey yaboo Co Op.
[quote][p][bold]BROCKSDAD[/bold] wrote: The co op want to sort it self out and get building or sell the plot to another supermarket, hamworthy tesco's[/p][/quote]Be a whole lot cheaper if Tescos moved in..the co op has a monopoly on that sight and charges extortionate amounts for what it sells, now it's sour grapes because another supermarket is in the offing. Yes it's a pain to go to ASDAs but hey yaboo Co Op. Baywolf

3:43am Tue 18 Dec 12

portia6 says...

Well just up the road there is Lidls and
it is very popular. The Co-op is a bit
pricey.
Well just up the road there is Lidls and it is very popular. The Co-op is a bit pricey. portia6

8:18am Tue 18 Dec 12

Morrigan says...

The Co-Op claim to be fair trade ..... what I see nothing fair about the way they trade at Hamworthy .......
The Co-Op claim to be fair trade ..... what I see nothing fair about the way they trade at Hamworthy ....... Morrigan

2:13pm Tue 18 Dec 12

paul.p says...

I think the people of Hamworthy need to take a vote whether or not they actually want the Co-op. At this present time they seem to be miles awsy from from being part of the community.
I think the people of Hamworthy need to take a vote whether or not they actually want the Co-op. At this present time they seem to be miles awsy from from being part of the community. paul.p

2:05pm Wed 19 Dec 12

A Lofty says...

Mystery blaze. Does this mean that firefighters who examined the scene failed to identify what caused it? If it was arson (God forbid) then unfortunately the community are only reaping their just reward.
Mystery blaze. Does this mean that firefighters who examined the scene failed to identify what caused it? If it was arson (God forbid) then unfortunately the community are only reaping their just reward. A Lofty

10:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

benjamin says...

The Co-op are very happy to continue with their tempory cabin. Because of it's size, they are allowed to open from 7am to 10 pm. They are also able to run with very few staff.
The rumour that Tesco are interested in the Liberal Hall across the road may encourage the Co-op to either build or sell for developement.
The Co-op are very happy to continue with their tempory cabin. Because of it's size, they are allowed to open from 7am to 10 pm. They are also able to run with very few staff. The rumour that Tesco are interested in the Liberal Hall across the road may encourage the Co-op to either build or sell for developement. benjamin

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