(I'm hearing reports that).... Feelings about the possible arrival of Tesco in Machynlleth are running high. I posted on the expansion of Tesco into three of Montgomeryshire's market towns last week. It was clear from the response in comments that opinion is particularly deeply divided in Machynlleth. I daresay this sort of disagreement is not uncommon. Differing opinion is not really a problem - as long as it doesn't escalate out of control. But from what I hear, there is a danger of this happening.
(I'm told that)... Some of the shops have placed posters in street windows, proclaiming that Tesco is not welcome in the town. In response, other stickers taking the opposite view have been been stuck on top, and the shops concerned have been pelted with eggs. I suppose eggs are not going to do too much damage, but once missiles of any sort are thrown, its difficult to prevent things escalating.
I've arranged to meet local County Councillor Michael Williams tomorrow afternoon. He's going to show me around the site, and I'm meeting others as well. I think Michael shares my view that what the people of Machynlleth want should be an important factor when consideration is being given to whether planning permission should be granted. I just hope that the planners put some urgency into reaching an early decision. I've always thought of Machynlleth as being a friendly community. I would like it to stay that way.