Fears rise over new store bid
Addlestone: Worries over traffic and for future of long-serving shop
FEARS have been raised that a proposed new food store will cause traffic issues and kill off a shop that has served the Addlestone community for three decades. The proposals from developers FPC (Addlestone) LLP are for the disused garage at 100-106 Church Road next to the Surrey Supermarket convenience store. The scheme is for a small food store with four flats above, plus two detached homes on the same site, currently a hand car wash. The application, due to go before Runnymede planners last night (Wednesday) and recommended for approval, had already drawn eight letters of objection from neighbours, including one from the co-owner of Surrey Supermarket. Mr R Ralfe wrote a letter putting the case for the business he has jointly owned with his wife for more than 30 years. He described the community store as ‘something worth protecting’ and warned that granting the new development would be very harmful. Referring to Surrey Supermarket he wrote: “These people have rendered a very valuable service to the local community. They have been prepared to work long and unfashionable. hours and they deserve a measure of protection because of their contribution to the general community.
“If this application is to succeed, then it is going to cut the ground from under their feet and will have a totally deleterious effect on their business.” Stephen Garrett, a neighbour in Church Road, wrote about concerns over extra traffic. He said: “Given the possibility of another 60 vehicles an hour using the area needing to manoeuvre, coupled with a 6ft fence to the boundary of the site, it can only hinder both their view and that of other residents when moving off into Church Road. “Are we expecting a reduction in road traffic accidents? We fear not.” Ron Enticott also expressed reservations.
He said: “This is a largely residential area and to add to the commercial use seems to be a retrograde step. The best use of the site would be six to 10 residential units. However, a spokesman for the developers countered: “We realise there is a grocer next door but we think the people will appreciate the extra service they would be getting will be much better and the planning process is about fostering this kind of competition, not preventing it. “As far as traffic is concerned, we have undertaken the necessary traffic studies and the two homes on the site will be using the existing exit that is used fairly regularly already, so we don’t believe there is a highways safety issue.” Planners were due to debate the issue at the Civic Centre in Addlestone last night (Wednesday).