A busy #harboroughhour (Wednesday) got keypads smoking last night as several hot topics were debated.
The 12th instalment of the #Harborough discussion forum on Twitter saw the new Tesco proposal take centre stage.
Most people expressed concern about the plan for a big out-of-town supermarket at the old Focus site in Rockingham Road but not all voices were dissenting.
One Twitter-user, Jon Pollard (hippy_jon) indicated that he would be staging a protest and campaign against the plan, referring to the No Thanks Tesco campaign (a little Dorset town Vs Tesco PLC). He said: “You can take them on and win. I’m in contact with them. Watch this space.”
Here’s a snapshot of some of the other Tesco comments:
@hippy_jon: “Surely it will just drag traffic through an already congested town from Airfield Park?...the facts are there to be seen. Tesco are just a money hoovering organisation. Completely ruthless. I will collate some figures.”
@CDSGlocalEurope: “Much talk here about alternative suggestions than the proposed superstore in Harborough. Roller disco anyone?”
@TransitionHarbo: “It is a UK-wide land grab by supermarkets. Basically grabbing market share before saturation is reached. About 600 in planning.”
@CircumHR: “Living in Hallaton it’s a bit of a trek to get into Market Harb to do my shop, so may be in favour...It they are building on an existing site /plot I don’t see the problem. Just wish it were a bit closer to me.”
@Yirerlli: “Would have preferred a Morrisons to be honest. Nicer than Tesco. Or better still, a cinema.”
@MarkJJUdd: “Surely room and the need for a leisure complex with cinema, gym etc in MH.”
@Gav678: “It’ll be there before the one in Desborough is! Over a year since planning granted and nothing.”
@AndyMeads: “Can’t see a reason why anyone thinks it would be a bad idea. Oh, I can, moaning old people.”
There were other items up for discussion too such as the likely 1,500 homes at Airfield Farm, the new iOS7 iPad/iPhone update, Christmas trees in the town, reviews of the new Mercado Lounge in Harborough, the likelihood of The Oat Hill building a new bar at the old site of the post office in St Mary’s Road, potholes, an apple pressing day in town on October 5 and a local business expo taking place at The Three Swans Hotel in Harborough on October 17.
By night’s end (stats courtesy of Infonote DataSystems) there had been 64 original tweets sent using the #harboroughhour hashtag, 36 ‘@’ messages, 39 re-tweets and a total reach of 28,577.
Below are same of the other people who contributed to the night (not an exhaustible list as it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all that’s happening): @WhatsOnHFM, @ManyHandsMake, @twannaadkissons, @lordbonkers, @TSRLtd, @Harborough Chamber of Trade (@MHCOTC), @CinnamonLounge1, Mail editor Neil Pickford, @BornintheUSB, @LeicsBusiEvent, @ornagejuicePR, Zestcomms, SparkHarborough, @sulekhavarma, HFM presenter Dave Smith (@cubwolf), @dixi1960, and @beerwego.
The #harboroughhour initiative was launched in July as a forum for people to network and share their views on all things #harborough to a captive audience of #hHrborough-based Twitter users.
Alex Blackwell (@BlackwellHarb), the Mail’s deputy editor who was monitoring the @HarbMail account last night, said:”Thanks to everyone who contributed. It was another good hour-long debate with some interesting points raised. See you same time, same place, next Wednesday”
Story by Alex Blackwell
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