Cottingham 'must join Hull or be a market town'
A HOMEOWNER believes Cottingham needs to "recognise that it is no longer a village – large or small".
Retired nutritionist Diana Sandy has lived in Cottingham for 40 years.
She believes the village must consider becoming a market town or part of greater Hull.
Ms Sandy said: "It's lost its historic identity and has become a bit of a dormitory suburb.
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"The people of Cottingham need to realise life goes on."
She believes there is a possibility the village could benefit by becoming part of Hull or a town.
She said: "There may be disadvantages but there are advantages.
"There would be resistance to it on personal grounds and historical grounds but I would rather we made the effort. If someone wanted to have a discussion about becoming either a market town or part of greater Hull I would be quite happy."
Ms Sandy's frustration stems from her concerns about the supermarket being built in Station Road.
Morrisons is likely to move into the new store when building work is completed and developer Innovating Space says it will create up to 250 jobs.
But Ms Sandy, who used to lecture at the University of Hull, is worried the supermarket will harm village trade.
She said: "A supermarket will just destroy the middle of Cottingham completely."
Councillor Lena Slater is part of Cottingham's Future Action Group, which campaigns to revitalise the village centre.
She said she could not see any benefit to ending Cottingham's village status.
Cllr Slater said: "It just sounds to me like all Ms Sandy's saying is 'give up the fight'.
"I don't see any reason to do that. Why would everybody have fought to keep the supermarket out if they had wanted just to be a residential part of Hull?"
The East Riding councillor, who represents the Cottingham South ward, cannot see any benefit in becoming a market town or part of Hull.
She said: "The very worst thing we can do is just become a dormitory of Hull.
"Technically, we're as large as a small market town but I don't see what benefits there are. There's no solution in what she's talking about. We have to find a way out of all these very bad decisions."
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