MORRISONS has said it has done its best to work with the community around the site of its proposed store in Aldwick.
The company said it had altered its original plans for the M Local outlet at the empty Ship pub in line with the wishes of those it had consulted.
Morrisons’ communications manager, Sarah Atta, said: “As with any new store, we understand that residents may have concerns about the plans. “We have listened to feedback from council officers and elected members and, following detailed discussions with them, we have made a number of changes to our planning application.
“We firmly believe that an M local will become a positive addition to the local community through the creation of long-term jobs, substantial investment in the building to maintain its distinctive characteristics and our colleagues’ dedication to work within the community.
“We strive to be a good neighbour in each area we operate in and welcome further discussions with Arun District Council’s planning committee next week (December 17).”
As reported, the company’s plans will be decided by the committee after it deferred a decision in October for a road safety audit for the Aldwick Street site.
Opponents of the scheme have collected more than 2,000 names on a petition for the council to consider.