The supermarket chain, Aldi, is consulting about a proposal to build a new supermarket in the triangle of land next to the Shell Garage on London Road by the Race Course roundabout.  Information about the consultation is available on their consultation website.  They have sent leaflets to residents in the area.  The land is in Oadby and Wigston.

Planned layout of site for Aldi store

An immediate concern is that this piece of land is part of the route that the Holbrook takes from Oadby before going under Shanklin Drive and across to Knighton Church Road, where it is culverted before emerging at the back of houses on the western end of Knighton Church Road.  It then flows under Carisbrooke Road, where it has flooded a number of times in recent years, causing severe disruption and damage to residents.  Anything that reduces the amount of trees and green space, which soak up the water, or that increases run-off, by laying tarmac, is likely to contribute to worse flooding in the future.  The location will also add to congestion at a what is already a busy roundabout, especially at rush hour times.

We would encourage residents to respond to the consultation and write to Oadby and Wigston District Council.

A campaign has been started by local people on Shanklin Drive to oppose the proposal.  If you would like to support this and be added to the campaign email list for updates, please email

See the latest on this in the more recent post on 19th November 2018.

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