Shop­pers rally to sup­port city cen­tre

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

MORE THAN 1,000 shop­pers have signed a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing plans for a £32m re­tail park on the edge of Hull over con­cerns it could im­pact on city-cen­tre busi­nesses.

The pe­ti­tion from Hull Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID) comes ahead of a hear­ing by a Gov­ern­ment in­spec­tor into an ap­peal by de­vel­op­ers. Coun­cil­lors have twice re­jected plans for ten re­tail units, cafes and restau­rants next to Kingswood Re­tail Park, with a 450-space car park.

The in­quiry, which starts next Tues­day, will con­sider an ap­peal against the re­fusal of the first ap­pli­ca­tion.

Hull BID man­ager Kathryn Shillito said more than 50 busi­nesses had made the pe­ti­tion avail­able for cus­tomers to sign, with dozens pro­mot­ing the cam­paign with posters.

She said it was “tes­ta­ment to the re­solve of city-cen­tre busi­nesses”.

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