SAINSBURY’S has revealed its new store in South Ruislip would create scores of jobs if it gets the go-ahead for redevelopment.
Fifty full-time and 100 part-time jobs would be created if the supermarket is allowed to re-build in Long Drive.
Plans were submitted at Christmas for a completely new supermarket, with a ground-floor car park and a refurbished petrol station.
Roger Hayes, of the Sainsbury’s development team, said the proposed store will also have a far smaller carbon footprint than at present.
“Inside there will also be fresh food counters, which the store doesn’t have at the moment,” he said. “The aisles will be made wider and there will be a new cafe.
“Every part of the building work will consider environmental impacts and the new building will have far lower emissions than the current site.”
The car park, which will be built into the basement level of the shop, will create 193 more parking spaces.
The application shows how in recent months people who live nearby have expressed their opinions of the development.
One big concern for neighbours was congestion at the already busy traffic light junction of Victoria Road and Long Drive.
Don Ticehurst lives in Bridgewater Road, South Ruislip, and is a member of the Anti-Arla Action Group (AAG) fighting the proposed redevelopment of the former Express Dairies site in South Ruislip.
He said the AAG would not be objecting to the Sainsbury’s application because it believed the traffic problems would not be made a lot worse.
He said: “The development team have full records from the use of Nectar (loyalty) cards of where shoppers are coming from, which direction they travel in and how often they go to the supermarket.
“They have told us that 60 to 70 per cent of their customers actually travel from South Harrow and don’t use the traffic light junction.
“Of course there will be more traffic coming from Ruislip and Ickenham, but not a significant amount, and Sainsbury’s deserves to re-develop because that building has been there 25 years and it needs updating.
“We won’t be opposing it because we don’t deny that that will be a big benefit to people living in South Ruislip.”