Photo by H is for HomeNetto, the chain of ultra-cheap supermarkets now owned by Asda/Walmart, has applied for planning permission to place a store directly opposite Todmorden market.
Needless to say, this could prove disasterous for the market.
Allowing a supermarket that specialises in ultra-low prices to be positioned directly opposite the market would be the death-knell for local traders.
Profits from the market by-and-large continue to circulate in the Todmorden economy whereas the profits from Netto don't even stay in the UK.
It is also a well known fact that, wherever they are, markets attract people into a town, helping boost the wider economy.
On the supermarket front, Todmorden already has Lidl and Morrison so has no need at all for a Netto.
For a good overview of the delights of Todmorden Market, check out this article on the H is for Home website.
If you'd like to object to this planning application of Netto's, and have literally a couple of minutes to spare, visit the Calderdale planning section where there is an very simple form on which you can log your objections to this application.
Please note that the expiry date for objections is Friday, 3rd September, so if you want to help, please get cracking!