Have your say if you oppose superstore
AS A lifelong resident of Plympton I would like to suggest to other residents that if they have any objection to the proposed Morrisons development they write or e-mail the Plymouth Planning Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make their feelings known.
I would like to state my personal position as being strongly against this development. I do agree something needs to be done to improve the empty run-down eyesore that has been left by the Co-op, Allied Carpets, Focus DIY and the bowling alley all pulling out of this area. But my feeling is that any jobs gained from Morrisons would be lost from other businesses whose turnover would be affected by this development.
The increased congestion on the Plymouth Road would be detrimental to all Plympton residents as the flow of traffic, or lack of it, already causes traffic jams from Embankment Road through to St Mary's Church. The plan to have delivery lorries come out from Marsh Mills roundabout, turn right into Cott Hill and then left into their development would aggravate a very bad traffic bottleneck area which already causes people who live on and around Cott Hill to have to add up to 10 minutes or more to their journey home from work or school.
I suspect that in order to get around the congestion caused by volume of traffic/more traffic lights/more roundabouts, residents of Woodford, Stonebarton and Colebrook areas will find their quiet residential roads would be used by the homeward bound traffic as a rat run to try to get around the main road traffic jams. We need a business that will bring more variety to the Plympton shopping catchment area, by this I don't mean more of the same. We have two Co-ops plus a Co-op petrol station, two Tesco's plus the Tesco super store at Lee Mill, Sainsburys superstore and petrol station at Marsh Mills and a handful of hard working sole traders who must wonder which way they will get squeezed next. We do not want to lose these small shops, which are the life blood of our community, because they cannot fight yet another multi million pound company cutting their market share even more.
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I realise not everyone will agree, but if enough people do and say so before it is too late we may eventually get a development that will benefit and compliment Plympton and not give us years of regret.
S MILLER (MRS)