Travellers on Lidl land and planning appeal
25/02/2014 09:03:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Like many other local residents, I recently received a letter from Lidl about the occupation of the former Good Companions site by travellers.
To their credit, at least Lidl were prepared to offer an apology for the inconvenience caused to residents and to communicate with people across quite a wide catchment area on what they are doing about it.
The letter outlined that they have placed concrete barriers across both vehicular entrances, which should make it harder for a re-occupation to occur. Having said that, the hoarding itself is not particularly sturdy (and blew down in parts in the recent winds), so the worry is that they may just by-pass the entrances and break through elsewhere.
I have responded to the gentleman who signed the letter, making this point, so hopefully they will consider it to be in their interests to double-check that they have left no other security weakness there to be exploited.
On a related matter, Lidl have appealed the council's refusal of planning permission, offering some minor re-alignment to the bus stop in mitigation of some of the planning committee's concerns. I have to say, nothing in their appeal convinces me that the council were wrong to refuse: the difficulties of gaining safe access in such a congested roadway appear insurmountable.
The dealine for submission of objections to the appeal is 14 March, and I will be joining many local residents in making the case for rejecting the appeal. Details can be found here.