Trafford is at the High Court this week in the latest instalment of the legal squabble over the disputed right to build us a supermarket. Tesco wants to build us a giant megastore opposite PC World, but Derwent Holdings want to build us a large one at their White City retail park.
It would be nice to think that these two filthily wealthy corporate hordes could be allowed to sort out their differences as Harry Hill would have them do, but unfortunately its going to cost us. Yes we’re probably going to have to pay the lawyers to determine who’s going to build their supermarket for us. We’ll pay but no one’s interested in which supermarket residents want, how big or how small, or where to put it, if we want one at all.
The media are desperate for the reactions of Jim Cumbes, Chief Executive of Lancashire Cricket Club and his running commentary on the court case and the ‘righteousness’ of the Tesco plan. It’s easy to see why that is the story; Jim wants his £21m and who can blame him? The club gets the £21m from Tesco in exchange for the land it’s getting from the cricket club the school. But not to worry, the community gets a sports led regeneration doesn’t it? Well no actually the community doesn’t get any facilities out of this deal (sports or otherwise). It would have at least been interesting if there had been something at stake for the community; a revamped sports centre for instance. But no, this is about Lancashire Cricket Club in their belated attempts to catch up with the other County Grounds.
On Friday we’ll get to learn who’s going to build the supermarket. Hopefully, the legal bill will be modest. And then we can start working on the consequences.