Campaigners hold protest at store

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PROTESTORS staged a demonstration outside a convenience store on its opening day.

Some 40 people stood in the car park of the Morrisons M local outlet waving banners and chanting slogans for about 15 minutes on Monday.

The Friends of the Ship Inn demonstrate outside the new Morrisons M local store SUS-151003-080502001

The Friends of the Ship Inn demonstrate outside the new Morrisons M local store SUS-151003-080502001

Their display on Monday marked the latest stage in the opposition to the store which occupies the former Ship Inn.

Slogans on the banners included ‘Bring Back The Ship, ‘Morrisons Sunk The Ship’ and ‘Morrisons Out Of Aldwick’.

Among those present was Judy Burleigh, 72, of Craigweil Lane. She said: “We want our pub back.

“We had landlords who didn’t do well but, with the right person, it would be a good pub.

We want our pub back

Judy Burleigh

“It’s important to have a good pub here because it’s important to have a village.”

Chawkmare Coppice resident Peter Elliott, who is in his 70s, said: “Democracy does not work in this area. Some 2,400 people signed a petition against this store but the council did not listen. We want to see this building back as a pub.”

The protest was held by the Friends of The Ship campaign group.

Chairman Roger Beam told the protestors the fight against the store was ongoing. He urged them to object to Morrisons’ latest plans for seven signs around the store to replace the mainly temporary ones.

The Friends of the Ship Inn demonstrate outside the new Morrisons M local store SUS-151003-080502001

The Friends of the Ship Inn demonstrate outside the new Morrisons M local store SUS-151003-080502001

Only an externally lit hanging sign has been approved on the Aldwick Street building.

“The signs that are there now, that is what will be there if the plans are approved,” said Mr Beam. “They want to erase anything to do with The Ship.”

The group was also determined to ensure Morrisons installed the pedestrian crossing point needed as a condition of planning permission and produced a delivery management system.

“Their service management plan is only one page long. We say that is unacceptable and does not cover the difficulty of two delivery lorries over 30ft long going in and out of the car park a day. We believe that’s going to be a real problem,” he said.