Growing objections to Lidl
PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 February 2015
SCORES of people have written to North Somerset Council to voice their opposition against Lidl’s plans to build a store in Nailsea.
The supermarket chain has applied for permission to build a shop on Crown Glass shopping centre’s car park, meaning the loss of nearly 50 spaces.
Last week, Nailsea Town Council voted unanimously against the proposal and now neighbouring authorities have been voicing their concerns.
Wraxall and Failand Parish Council has written to object to the plans as councillors are worried about the huge effect it could have on villagers who use Nailsea’s banks, health centres and shops.
Council chairman David Robinson said: “While we recognise this is primarily an issue for Nailsea, it is very relevant for our residents who use Nailsea for shopping, GP and community health services, dental services and the library.
“Parking is a key issue as public transport is not good for many of the outlying areas, particularly for those living in Wraxall village. If the proposed Lidl store is sited in the car park, this will result in the loss of a significant number of parking spaces overall in Nailsea, but especially in a central position vital for the many older people in our local area.”
Tickenham Parish Council has also raised concerns about parking and an increase in delivery lorries travelling through the village.
Its letter to North Somerset Council states: “The council is concerned about the effect that such a development would have on the surrounding roads, in particular the B3130 which is a direct link to Nailsea from the M5 at junction 20. This road is already well used by HGVs making deliveries to Nailsea and there is already a constant flow through Tickenham. To add to this would severely detract from the amenity of the village.”
Backwell Parish Council believes Lidl would benefit the area but it has asked for the loss of parking to be addressed.
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