This week’s Caithness Courier reports that clearing work on the disused cattle market on School Brae in Thurso will commence next month, with a view to a new Tesco superstore opening in the spring of 2011. Tesco previously had been accused of landbanking so to prevent other supermarkets from opening stores.
In addition to relocating the services currently supplied at the Millbank store, the new site also will provide a small range of electrical goods, kitchenware and clothes.
Although there inevitably will be an attitude that this is “strangling” small towns, in my experience this plaintive cry has either been hopelessly parochial or complacently middle-class. The latter is free to hop into its cars for a day-out or regular shop in Inverness whilst it assumes this quaint rural town will continue inconveniencing itself so to accomodate them.
Thurso Community Council previously had supported a competing bid from Asda. Yet, this still would result in whatever some think is strangling of small towns to take place. I can, however, appreciate concerns about increased traffic levels between two schools.
What we now need is for the cinema to re-open now the latest owners have discovered they cannot so easily demolish the buildings in way for luxury flats.