New superstore plans spark fall-out between neighbours

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A CAMPAIGNER who is supporting plans for a new supermarket in Bishop’s Waltham has fallen out with her neighbours who take the opposite view.

Susan Hopgood has backed plans for a Sainsbury’s store on the Abbey Mill site and so put up a sign in her garden supporting it.

But she says her neighbour, who is against the store, asked her to take it down.

Mrs Hopgood, from Botley Road in Bishop’s Waltham, said: ‘I wanted Sainsbury’s very strongly, for all sorts of reasons. To be able to shop on my doorstep would be amazing for me, plus job opportunities for my family.

‘I felt that the “no” people were speaking for the whole of Bishop’s Waltham.

‘So many people have wanted it but are scared of what their neighbours will say.

‘I think we are the silent majority. I do think we are going to win this.’

Mrs Hopgood’s neighbour, Peter Atkinson, declined to comment when approached by The News.

A final decision will be made by councillors at Winchester City Council in April.