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roisin
Drifter
What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
4th June 2011 at 4:18AM
What is going on with Hazel Grove?
It looks terrible - all the shops and bars are closing down. Even the lovely Classic Celebration cakes is moving to Heaton Moor.
It is so sad.
Poynton looks great now and has great shops and coffee shops. We have nothing! Just bars that are closing down and charity shops.
What does everyone else think?
We need to save the Grove!
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Guest
Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
4th June 2011 at 1:58PM
I will be sad to see the cake decorations go.

There is a recession on and a lot of supermarkets in the Grove.

Heaton Moor has not as much competition food wise so its better for the business to be based there.

Quite a few shops have closed down over the last decade due to big supermarkets moving in. Greggs is another example.

Hazel Grove has gone from a village to a town.
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Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
4th June 2011 at 3:12PM
Its funny, but I was actually driving through the Grove (not the A6 I should add) and commented to my family how lucky I think we are to live in HG. Yeah, its got its niggles and down points but where doesn't eh? Many areas have closed down shops and an imbalance of one type of shop or another. Clearly the Grove isn't helped with the A6 cutting through it and as it is, its not not the sort of place I'd want to go for a coffee.
But for me there are more important factors that make a place good to live in. We are in a great location.... close to the Peak District and Manchester city centre is so easily accessible. We do have surrounding green areas on some sides and to be fair its a fairly safe place to live. We have good schools and other facilities... so on the whole I'm pretty happy with the place!

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Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
4th June 2011 at 4:27PM
I think the demise started with the opening of Sainsbury’s all those years ago. Local small businesses such as Vernon’s, The Golden Door and Titterton’s just couldn’t compete and eventually went out of business. I suppose the general public are to blame for wanting to shop for everything under one roof. However it’s difficult to know why anyone would want to shop in the Grove due to the traffic.

Someone wrote on the Forum not so long ago that ASDA was the future of Hazel Grove. I think just the opposite. All these large supermarkets are the kiss of death to the small shopkeeper and the area they are meant to serve.
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RedRobbo
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RedRobbo
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
4th June 2011 at 4:53PM
"Even the lovely Classic Celebration cakes is moving to Heaton Moor." No, the Ash Hotel,soon to be Celebration Cakes,is in Heaton Norris.Go and live in Heaton Norris for a month. You will soon believe Hazel Grove ain't that bad.
We have seen this thread before. Stop moanin',help your neighbour,and try and enjoy your life.
Hazel Grove a terrible place? No.
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Jeffb
Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 8:43AM
I've heard a rumour asda have bought the cake shoal and turning it into anouther part of the road they can randomly put cones outside and take their time doing naff all!!
On anouther note why isn't hazel grove having an overhaul like poynton or even parts of bramhall like the roundabout, seems to me that the areas where there's money seem to be well kept, all we get is anouther set of lights with a bigger supermarket moving in causing traffic!!!
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JohnEllis
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JohnEllis
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 10:40AM
When this issue came up before - it's done the rounds a few times in the last few years - someone (I forget whom) made the intelligent suggestion that, round here at any rate, more compact town centres (the example given was Bramhall) seem to flourish better than long thin ribbon ones along one street like the Grove - a problem made even worse here, of course, by the sheer volume of heavy arterial road traffic along the A6.

But I agree with other posters: OK, the centre of H.G. is battered, noisy and increasingly decayed and dismal - but the area as a whole is extremely attractive and with a lot going for it. Not least the beautiful countryside and a variety of amenities right on the doorstep.

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Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 1:34PM

Im so glad that so many pubs are shutting in Hazel Grove good riddance to the total anti social behaviour that has been going on for to long.Maybe now it can go back to some peace which it was like when I moved here 17 years ago
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Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 1:52PM
Once again John I find myself totally agreeing with you. Hazel Grove is a nice suburb to live in. However I do wish the developers and Council planners would look more towards developing for the future of Hazel Grove and not just give the go ahead to these supermarket giants.

Is it really ok for large supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and ASDA to keep invading what is in effect a small village.

Surely there should be some form of control as to how many supermarkets a given area can take, otherwise you just end up with a shopping complex and who wants that.

Like the government is quick to point out – try to shop local and buy local produces. However I’m not so sure how many local produces ASDA and Sainsbury’s etc have on their shelves.

Sorry to be gloom and doom but what about the long term knock on effect to our nice suburb when it’s choked up with too much traffic(some would say it already is)and nearly every street is gridlocked with cars.

That’s why I think that the Council planners should not just be considering shopping demands but also environmental needs.
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Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 4:22PM
Wetherspoons opened last autumn - one reason for pubs decline.

Wetherspoons have dominated the pub market in the last few years - they have even improved their menu as well.

It has attracted people from outside Hazel Grove cos of its location to bus stops and round the corner from the station.

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Jeffb
Drifter
Re: What the hell is happening to hazel grove?
5th June 2011 at 4:52PM
Guest Wrote:

Once again John I find myself totally agreeing with you. Hazel Grove is a nice suburb to live in. However I do wish the developers and Council planners would look more towards developing for the future of Hazel Grove and not just give the go ahead to these supermarket giants.

Is it really ok for large supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and ASDA to keep invading what is in effect a small village.

Surely there should be some form of control as to how many supermarkets a given area can take, otherwise you just end up with a shopping complex and who wants that.

Like the government is quick to point out – try to shop local and buy local produces. However I’m not so sure how many local produces ASDA and Sainsbury’s etc have on their shelves.

Sorry to be gloom and doom but what about the long term knock on effect to our nice suburb when it’s choked up with too much traffic(some would say it already is)and nearly every street is gridlocked with cars.

That’s why I think that the Council planners should not just be considering shopping demands but also environmental needs.


Totally agree with you pal but in the real world money talks and from what I've heard whether it's true or not these big chain supermarkets entice the council with visions that they'll improve roads, create jobs and if that doesn't work put a bit of cash in somones hand,,,,,or so as everyone says backhanders!!!
I remember a few yrs ago when I used to do school runs and there was always a certain councilour who always had quite a few on the go and everybody knew it was bent with him being a councilour but what can you do, but that's why I wonder if alot of these councilours are in it to make a difference or make some money for themselves?
I know they don't have a magic wand or a lot of power but they seem to when they want something and I'm sure they could have communicated with the likes of asda and got this road finished,,, I mean don't they advertise in their leaflets how they got playgrounds built etc!!!!!
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