All change in town: station facelift, a new Spar, the parking wardens back and a new Sainsbury’s?

Station re-development

£2.3 million is to be spent improving the area around the bus and rail stations in Aberystwyth starting Monday next week (21st November). The money comes from the Welsh Assembly Government, and an extra £200,000 is to go on the seafront area next year. It is unclear exactly what the scheme will include, but previous plans for the area have included re-developing the taxi rank and the front of the station.

Another Spar planned for town
Tate’s, the company that run the two Spar convenience stores in town, are pressing ahead with plans to open a third at the top of Great Darkgate (the high street) by the Town Clock. Local shopkeeper Vasanti Kerai, who runs Castle News just a few metres away, failed in her bid to stop the shop from being able to sell alcohol – which it will now do from 7am until 11pm.

Parking control to return
Ceredigion council have announced plans to bring back parking wardens – but they won’t be in place until June next year. The council wants to employ seven Civil Enforcement Officers, who will be council employees, to patrol the streets and off-road car parks of the country, including Aberystwyth. The new officers will have fewer powers than the old police Traffic Wardens, though they will still be able to give out tickets.

New Sainsbury’s for Aberystwyth?
Sainsbury’s supermarkets are planning to build a new store on the grass field between the railway lines and the Parc Lodge hotel opposite the Univerisity sports pitches in Llanbadarn Fawr. However, the new store would not only compete with the existing Morrisons just a few hundred metres away, but also the Tesco that’s planned for Mill Street, near the centre of town.

The land used to be owned by the Uni, but was sold to local businessman Vince Morgans four years ago for just £1 million. It is now rumoured, as reported in this week’s Cambrian News, that Morgans sold the land to Conygar Investment Company Plc for £14 million – making himself £13 million in the process. Conygar deny the £14 million figure, but refuse to say how much they paid for the land.