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Camelford Store Wars

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:46am 11th September 2012.

Traders in Camelford claim a new supermarket will put them out of business.

It is as a study shows trade on the high street could halve.

Researchers think surrounding towns like Tintagel and Delabole would also be hit.

But planners have still given permission for the site at Victoria Road.

Newsagent owner Jim Milner is worried:

"I do a lot of deliveries for the papers for the old people and whatever. I won't be here, so they won't get that. You see the cafe down the road delivering the bank with their sandwiches and things like that. We won't be here to do it. Supermarkets won't do nothing.

"I reckon I shall lose a lot of business. We won't get any passing trade and the locals, well they'll go and pick up their papers and whatever from the supermarket. They can park right outside ... and they don't pay anything"

Local councillors backed the plans.

Glenton Brown was one of them and thinks it will be a boost to the town:

"The conditions list several businesses, like haberdashery and the chemist, and the supermarket won't be able to sell those items. So, people can go down the town and get those things as well, which if they went to Launceston or Bodmin they wouldn't get out of Camelford.

"Down the road in Wadebridge, Tesco and Lidl haven't really harmed the town's trade and Wadebridge has done very well. For Camelford, it can be a lifeline too"

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