Supermarket application was not a bribe

9th January 1998 at 00:00
With reference to the article "Superstores shopping for playing fields", (TES, December 12) please allow me to set the record straight with regard to my company's interest in building a supermarket at Settle in North Yorkshire.

Booths has at no time "offered to pay" for a new primary school in Settle. Booths has, however, offered North Yorkshire County Council (the landowner) a sum of money subject to planning permission in order to build a supermarket. North Yorkshire County has seen an opportunity to replace the primary school in Settle adjacent to the proposed store and so that highways considerations could be taken into account, both the store and school were shown on the same planning application. This may have misled a number of people into believing that Booths was bribing the Settle community. This was never the case.

E J BOOTH Chairman Booths Supermarkets 4 Fishergate Preston Lancashire

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