I have been talking to many people in Machynlleth about the proposed new Tesco's store there, and will hold a meeting of Plaid members in the next few weeks. I have my own views on the matter, but before making them public, I would like to hear more from the good people of Montgomeryshire. Please feel free to comment either on this blog or to email me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org. I will take every viewpoint into account. Apart from two people, everyone I spoke to in Machynlleth were in favour. Even those running some of the shops.
I would like to state, however, how concerned I am that some people are trying to give the impression that there is split between people who've moved into the area and locals on this issue. That is extremely harmful to the community, and isn't even true. It's also ridiculous to state that a Tesco's store will be harmful to the language. Tesco's has a fantastic bi-lingual policy, and employs local people. Certainly, the store hasn't had a negative impact on the langugae in Caernarfon. The majority of check out women or men I've come across there have been Welsh speakers. The same isn't true for every supermarket so credit where credit's due to Tesco's.
Personally, when its practical, I always try and shop in small local businesses. I prefer choosing an exact cut of meat and knowing which farm its from, or selecting seasonal fruit or vegetable from a small shop where I can chat to the owners and so on. But I do also shop in supermarkets, especially when money has been tight or if I can't get to a local shop during the day. Whatever view I do take on the Machynlleth store- and I will take a decisive one - will be based on evidence and from what the people of Machynlleth tell me. I look forward to hearing further from you!
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