PROTESTS are gathering over plans to convert a pub into a fifth Sainsbury’s in just a couple of square miles.
The supermarket company already has four branches in the area close to Sheffield University – at the old HSBC bank at the university tram stop; on Weston Street off Winter Street behind the Arts Tower; on Crookes Road in Crookes and in Broomhill. There is also a Tesco Express off Whitham Road, Broomhill.
Now an application has been made to convert The Hadfield pub, on Barber Road, Crookesmoor, into a further Sainsbury’s branch.
Sixteen residents have sent letters of objection, supported by Crookesmoor Community Forum and Broomhill Liberal Democrat councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, whose ward includes Crookesmoor.
Ahmed Viqar, of Deen’s Convenience Store next door, said: “There are too many convenience stores in the area already. The problem is extra traffic which would be attracted to the supermarket, and lack of parking. When my deliveries come, it’s difficult enough already.”
There is already a Cooperative store on the same road.
Coun Mohammed added: “The plan for the old Hadfield pub is just the latest in a string of moves by supermarket chains to undermine local traders.”
Bernard Little, of Crookesmoor Community Forum, added: “This could see the demise of our existing shops as it has done elsewhere.”
Resident Lin Harrison said: “I value living somewhere where I can walk to independently-owned shops. As a community we have fought applications for a Tesco’s several times. This latest request from Sainsbury’s is no less threatening.”
Tesco was refused planning permission for an old petrol station site at the bottom of Springvale Road, Crookesmoor.
Punch Taverns, which owns The Hadfield Hotel, was unavailable for comment.