An action group 'Marple in Action' was set up to oppose the sale of land at the Ridge Danyers College for a supermarket. At the end of July 2011 hundreds of residents besieged a meeting of the Marple Area Committee, which had already been moved from the village library to the 150-person capacity Senior Citizen's Hall, which could still not accommodate the additional 200 people outside.
Marple in Action organised a protest against the plans, attended by over 1,000 people, on Saturday 20th August. Please see a youtube video.
In July 2012 Asda held an exhibition to present its plans for the site. The council received 782 letters and a 8,270-signature petition in objection.