FOOTBALL ground owners, South Coast Leisure (SCL), hit back at Asda claims this week.
Within hours of the supermarket giant revealing its plans to connect its proposed new store on the outskirts of Newport and the town centre last Friday, SCL issued a statement championing its alternative project.
As previously reported, rival planning applications are with the IW Council awaiting determination.
Asda wants to build a foodstore on IW Council land, off St George’s Way, but an alternative project has been lodged by SCL to build the supermarket on neighbouring St George’s Park, which it owns, and construct a new football stadium on the council land.
Last week, Asda said its scheme was the only one which guaranteed an Asda on the IW and it had ruled out the football ground site.
SCL hit back stating its scheme was 400 metres walking distance closer to the town centre than the Asda proposal, was immediately adjacent to existing, frequent bus services along St George’s Way and included space for a bigger car park.
"This will eliminate queuing for a space during busy times and allow shoppers to leave their car and make their way into town," SCL said.
"Asda’s offer of funding a bus link for up to three years may not be sustainable in the future. The alternative site already has four buses an hour in each direction just outside the entrance."
SCL stressed its proposal was well supported by the community and the contract between the IW Council and Asda should not be seen as having any influence on the planning application.
Asda said last week its plans included an improved pedestrian/cycle route and a shuttle bus service to provide a link between its proposed store and the town centre.