Over 800 sign petition against chain hotel plan

By Mike Lewis in Business

OPPOSITION over plans for a chain hotel in Britain’s smallest city is mounting.

Over 800 people have signed an online petition objecting to the development of a 63-bedroom Premier Inn as part of St Davids’ Glasfryn Road development.

A public exhibition will take place at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, tomorrow, Friday, 2pm to 7pm and on Saturday between 10am and 2.30pm.

Petition organiser Suzanne Ellison, whose family run a small B&B, said they and fellow owners were concerned for their livelihoods.

“Premier Inn is proven to have taken business away in Haverfordwest. I am fighting for our family business and others in St Davids in the same shoes,” she said.

The petition - which had 840 signatures on Tuesday - claims that, rather than supporting local businesses, a Premier Inn would undermine them.

And it questions the contributions of developers towards the first stage of the Glasfryn Road project, which includes 70 new homes, with 40 available to local families to buy or rent affordably.

The second stage includes a swimming pool to replace the one closed by Pembrokeshire County Council in 2007.

“Premier Inn is not contributing financially to the construction of the social housing or swimming pool in St Davids,” reads the petition.

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