South Kesteven

Stamford will soon have its first Aldi store, as the budget supermarket prepares to open in the town this November.

It will open on Uffington Road on Thursday, November 11, bringing 36 jobs to the local area and becoming the first Aldi store in Stamford.

Aldi will be open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

As well as this, the new store is calling on charities and food banks in Stamford to register with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to charitable organisations in local areas.

The new Stamford Aldi branch will bring 36 jobs to the local area. | Photo: Aldi UK

Charities can register and collect surplus foods such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods up to seven days a week. Any charities interested should email [email protected].

There will be a grand opening event for the store at 8am on November 11, with Team GB Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Jones cutting the ribbon.

Aldi Store Manager Robert Place said: “We can’t wait to open the doors to the new store in Stamford. It’s set to be a special day and having Olympic hero Sarah Jones join us will make it a morning to remember.”

Hockey star Sarah Jones added: “I’m so excited to be opening Aldi’s new store, it will be great to chat to customers and a lovely way for me to thank Aldi for its support of Team GB.”

South Kesteven District Council officers will try to block plans to build more than 200 new homes in Stamford.

The authority’s planning committee will be asked to consider an application from Vistry Partnerships, Cross Keys Developments, Wm Morrisons and New River Retail to build 213 homes on land north of Uffington Road on Thursday.

However, officers have said the proposal is “of poor quality design and layout, falling well short of an acceptable standard” and that it “fails to suitably reflect the gateway location to the town”.

“The proposed density is excessive for the context, resulting in deficiencies in public open space and landscaping provision and in dominant and incongruous buildings at the site entrance which is a key entrance point to the town,” said a report before members.

“Furthermore, the proposal, considered together with the submitted masterplan and design code fails to demonstrate that the wider site allocation would be developed holistically and with provision of suitable connections to the surrounding area and town centre.”

They added the loss of employment land was not “adequately justified”.

How the site would be laid out.

The new homes would include a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments and two to four-bedroom houses. The plans would also see 136 of the properties (64%) allocated as affordable.

Objections from Stamford’s town council and civic society along with several residents raised concerns over the impact on local infrastructure, noise and light, drainage and highways.

In documents to the council, the applicants said the proposals would contribute “a range of high-quality new homes on a redundant brownfield site, to meet the demand for housing supply in the region”.

They added it would connect pedestrian links, create access to public transport, and incorporate existing green infrastructure.

“It will provide a range of new homes, in a coherent layout and of a style that will create a unique sense of place,” they said.

Lincolnshire County Council is set to permanently scrap its Saturday waste collection service in Stamford and Mablethorpe.

The two towns do not have their own tips, so the waste collection service was run in Stamford’s Cattle Market car park, but it was suspended in March 2020.

And this week the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee at Lincolnshire County Council made the recommendation on Tuesday, October 19, to permanently discontinue the service.

The committee voted eight in favour and three against. A previous attempt to terminate the service was rejected by the committee back in 2016.

The supplementary waste collections will be subject to a decision by Daniel McNally, Executive Councillor for Waste and Trading Standards, between October 21 and 28, 2021.

Student Rose Battey presented a petition at the meeting, which demands that the county council restores the Saturday recycling materials collection from Stamford Cattle Market car park. | Screenshot: LCC meeting

A petition set up by 18-year-old Stamford student Rose Battey, which so far has over 1,600 signatures including from South Kesteven District Council Leader Kelham Cooke, was presented at the meeting.

Watch the full meeting here (from around 12.50).

The petition demands that the county council restores the Saturday recycling materials collection from Stamford Cattle Market car park. Rose said it is a “well-used, accessible, local service – there is no justification for removing it”.

On the petition page, she said: “Stamford, with over 20,000 residents, is the largest town in Lincolnshire without a waste recycling centre, and with proposed housing developments, it is growing. The absence of recycling options encourages littering and fly-tipping.”

She added: “Stamford residents are forced to travel to our nearest waste recycling centre in Bourne; not everyone has access to a suitable car, can afford the petrol costs or can spare the time for the trip.

“Notwithstanding that the journey creates CO2 emissions that are pumped into the atmosphere. How is that ensuring that Lincolnshire meets the government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050?”

The petition has the support of both of Stamford’s county councillors. After the meeting Richard Cleaver, county councillor for Stamford West, told The Lincolnite: “I’m disappointed that the scrutiny committee decided to accept the recommendation to discontinue the Saturday waste collection services in Stamford and Mablethorpe.

“I think it was a wasted opportunity that they did not take up my suggestion to investigate how these once a week collection services could be retained and improved to increase recycling and avoid further waste being sent to landfill.”

Councillor Ray Wootten, chairman of the environment and economy scrutiny committee at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “For me, this recommendation needed to be supported. We must do all we can to recycle and the supplementary services provide no opportunities for recycling.

“In fact, the material collected goes to landfill. I would rather residents visit their local HWRC, where items can be separated and recycled and the general waste can be transported to the Energy from Waste and made into electricity.”

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