THE news Sainsbury supermarket near Ludlow will open at the end of November in time for Christmas.

But the woman who has been asked to do the official opening is concerned that there may be traffic problems as shoppers leave the site.

Vivienne Parry, deputy mayor of Ludlow and the Shropshire councillor for Ludlow South will be opening the supermarket on Tuesday, November 30.

Mrs Parry says that she believes that most people welcome the supermarket and that she does not think it will take a lot of trade from Ludlow town centre.

“However, I do have concerns that traffic leaving the supermarket at busy times could make it difficult for people to get off the nearly estate,” said Mrs Parry.

She also does not want people visiting the store to park in the residential roads in Rocks Green causing inconvenience for locals.

The development has caused controversy and took many years to come to fruition.

There have been fears that it will put further pressure on small independent shops in Ludlow trying to survive after being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the growth in internet shopping.

Mrs Parry has said that she believes that the new supermarket at Rocks Green that includes a fuel station and has a car park will largely attract people that already shop out of town