Acocks Green: Your Candidates for May 5: What they Told Us

May 2nd, 2011

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We are delighted to announce that we have now had responses to our questions from all five candidates. These are there answers to our questions (see our last post). How would they care for Acocks Green? Who will you be voting for on May 5? Read and decide. Any thoughts? You can leave a comment – click on ‘comments’ either here or on the individual candidate’s page.

In alphabetical order, here they are. Click on the candidate’s name to be taken to their answers page.

Amanda Baker (Green)

John Butler (UKIP)

Joe Edgington (Conservative)

Stewart Stacey (Labour)

Penny Wagg (Lib-Dem)

One Response to “Acocks Green: Your Candidates for May 5: What they Told Us”

  1. Amanda Baker says:

    Supermarkets cause jobs to be lost, as well as to be made. I would like to ask – do they destroy *more* jobs than they create?

    I know of one study that looks at this.

    They found [Ref 1] that after a large supermarket opens, there are about 250 *fewer* total jobs in the local area than before the supermarket came along. That is *net* job losses, *even after* taking account of the jobs with the supermarket.

    How many jobs have been lost because the old Yardley Swan shopping centre closed?

    How many more jobs are under threat in Acock’s Green centre and other local centres such as the Yew Tree?

    Can anyone point to other relevant evidence?

    Is it likely that Tesco Swan Island will mean more local jobs? Will there be *more jobs in total* than there were before it was planned?

    Ref 1 : Supermarkets: A report on the supply of groceries from multiple stores in the United Kingdom, Volume 2: Background Chapters, para. 13.19 p298

    http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/reports/2000/446super.htm

    “13.19. The authors compared employment trends in 15 km catchment areas surrounding the 93 new stores, with trends evident from national figures adjusted to eliminate the surveyed catchment areas. Overall FTE retail employment rose by 0.1 per cent (1,214) nationally over the
    four years. However, in the 15 km catchment areas surrounding the new stores, retail employment fell by 2.9 per cent (24,471). Thus, if the superstores had not opened, it is argued that 25,685 net FTE jobs would have been saved, equal to 3 per cent of FTE retail employment in
    the catchment areas or 276 per store opened.”

    Thanks,

    Amanda

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