Shoppers’ fury over refusal to allow Sainsbury

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Irate Olney shoppers say they have been shortchanged by the council’s refusal to welcome a Sainsbury’s into town.

Development Control committee councillors unexpectedly refused the planning application from the supermarket giant last week.

Their decision came despite an overwhelming 84 per cent of Olney residents supporting the proposed new store.

This week the councillors’ decision was branded “disgraceful” by one shopper.

“What kind of democracy is it when one man’s vote can go against the wishes of the vast majority of people in the town?” said resident Peter Courtis.

Councillors ruled the new store would have a “substantial” impact on other Olney shops, traffic and parking. The countryside site was also contrary to planning policies.

Currently Olney has a Co-op and a Tesco Express, but most residents travel to MK or Bedford to stock up.

“Any business that brings employment and visitors to the town must be good for everyone,” said Mr Courtis.