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Hundreds march in protest against new link road

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 08, 2013

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Hundreds of people have marched through a Cornish town to protest against plans for a new link road.

Campaigners believe if the Bodmin link road goes ahead at Priory Park local people would lose a valuable green amenity and the town's football club could be forced to relocate.

The protest is somewhat double-edged as a trustee for Bodmin Town Football Club, Dick Gynn, believes supermarket giant Sainsbury's, has approached the council about erecting a store at Priory Park.

It is understood an approach was made to landowner Bodmin Town Council to build a store at the site 18 months ago. It was rejected, but the town council has since been forced to make severe cuts to its budget.

Mr Gynn said: "Cornwall Council wants to put a new link road through Priory Park and unless we're careful it's going to lead straight to Sainsbury's, which will be perfect for them."

Dave Skea, who lives in St Nicholas Street, said he was opposed to the new link road and to a supermarket at Priory Park.

"I was at the public consultation at the other week and a councillor told me Sainsbury's might be offered Priory Park, with a new ground built for the football club elsewhere," he said. "People don't want the new road and don't want a supermarket on the football field either."

Michele Battisson said: "Priory Fields is a wonderful amenity, a lovely green space which is one of the first things people see when they drive into Bodmin from Priory Road."

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