Calls for cheaper supermarkets in Glasgow neighbourhood

Local councillor Ruairi Kelly is also calling for a more affordable grocery store to move into the neighbourhood.

Calls for cheaper supermarkets in Glasgow’s Easterhouse neighbourhood Getty Images

Glasgow’s Easterhouse area needs a cheaper food supermarket to give more options for families, according to a draft council strategy for the area.

Local councillor Ruairi Kelly is also calling for a more affordable grocery store to move into the neighbourhood.

Shopping choices in the greater Easterhouse area include Glasgow Fort, the Lochs shopping centre and Morrisons but the issue of a lack of food supermarket choices has been raised.

SNP North East councillor Kelly said: “Access to affordable food shopping is something that is missing at the minute and I have highlighted it as a priority for any future developments.

“I hope that the planned housing and infrastructure work will help entice one of these supermarkets to the area and I will be doing everything I can to encourage them to locate here.”

Discounted grocer stores Aldi and Lidl have seen a rise in popularity as the cost of living crisis continues and are rated as cheapest for food by consumer magazine Which.

Calling for more shopping diversity, The draft Greater Easterhouse strategic development framework (SDF) said: “We will explore the potential for an additional grocery retailer to provide affordable food choice in the area.”

People are being invited to to have their say on the strategy as part of a consultation currently.

Other issues raised in the report include the need for investment in the Lochs Shopping Centre and how the Metro should reach the area.

There are hopes to build more housing on brownfield land to boost the population and create more cycling and walking routes.

The 123 page document has laid out more than 20 actions to help improve and regenerate Greater Easterhouse .

The council said: “The SDF for Greater Easterhouse identifies key issues and opportunities in the area, and sets the vision and framework for future development in line with the spatial policies of the City Development Plan and the National Planning Framework 4.”

To take part in the consultation, click here and visit the website.

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