Elderly say store plan is on the ball

Neil Hazel, deputy general manager at Morrisons store, in Doxford Park, with Les Measor, chairman of Peterlee Town football club, Lily Jarrow, secretary of Easington District Communicare, along with other Communicare users and Morrisons shoppers
Neil Hazel, deputy general manager at Morrisons store, in Doxford Park, with Les Measor, chairman of Peterlee Town football club, Lily Jarrow, secretary of Easington District Communicare, along with other Communicare users and Morrisons shoppers

ELDERLY residents showed their support for having a proposed supermarket on their doorstep.

An 18-strong group of elderly and disabled people from Peterlee made their usual 24-mile round trip to the Morrisons store in Doxford Park, Sunderland.

But while there, they used the shopping trip as an opportunity to rally support for the planned Morrisons supermarket, which is earmarked to be built at the former North Blunts Primary School site at the edge of Peterlee town centre.

The trip was organised by Communicare, a local charity which provides door-to-door transport for the elderly.

Developers North Blunts plan to build the 37,000 sq ft store, which would create 350 new permanent jobs and include a cafe and petrol station, pending planning permission.

Town councillors have previously appeared in the Mail welcoming the news of the application and describing how Peterlee residents were having to travel out of town, to the nearest Morrisons stores at Hartlepool or Sunderland.

Now the Communicare service users have joined forces to show their support for having their very own Morrisons.

Communicare manager Rob Laverick said: “Our elderly passengers really look forward to this bi-weekly Morrisons shopping trip.

“To have a new store on their doorstep in Peterlee would make a real difference to their lives as it would mean a much shorter bus ride.

“Communicare has a choice of supermarket trips on offer. However the Morrisons one is their favourite and it is always a busy bus.”

Plans also include 51 new and affordable housing at the former ITEC site.

The town would also benefit from a sports regeneration injection through the development of new senior and junior rugby pitches at Helford Road, which is exclusive to the success of the planning application.

The proposal also includes new and improved football pitches and changing facilities at Eden Lane and Les Measor, chairman of Peterlee Town football club, also joined in the campaign.

Mr Laverick said: “As treasurer of Peterlee Pumas rugby club, this is very important to me.

“We have a desperate need for extra training grounds for our youth teams so the sooner it is built the sooner they can train on them!

“Bringing new pitches and sports facilities into the area could really change young lives for the better.”