Car park store plan fury

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Hundreds of villagers have spoken out against plans for a new supermarket in a pub car park.

The proposal for the shop at Shovels Inn, in Green Meadow Lane, Hambleton, has been met with almost universal disapproval by neighbours, who have bombarded Wyre Council with letters about the plans submitted on behalf of Co-Op.

Around 400 representations have been made on the issue, which say there is no need for the shop in the village and it would create extra traffic and congestion.

Douglas Smith, from Carr Lane, Hambleton, said: “It would, if given the go ahead, make an already dangerous junction even more dangerous - a junction that has two bus stops that caters for a large number of local school children.

“The main road is already dangerous roads and this will, if given the go ahead, surely add to more potentially fatal accidents.”

There are already two convenience stores within the village.

Many commenting on the application noted the difficulty which would be faced by delivery lorries on nearby streets such as Kiln Lane, should the plans get the go ahead.

Ian Cross, a qualified heavy goods vehicle driver with 10 years experience, from Ingol Lane, in the village, said: “In my opinion Kiln Lane is quite a narrow yet relatively busy road.

“I believe it would be difficult for drivers to manoeuvre down Kiln Lane if they meet an HGV, which would be en route to the proposed convenience store.

“Access to the delivery area would be an absolute nightmare.”

Another correspondent, whose was not named in council records, noted: “The building is not in keeping with the surrounding village and certainly not to be sat right next to the character of the Shovels building.

“I would ask you to reject this application right into the waste bin where it belongs.”

Bristol-based D2 Planning, which is acting as agent on behalf of Co-Op, has declined to comment on the issue.

No date has yet been set for a decision to be made on the plans.