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Retail park defends plans to close Fraddon road despite opposition

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

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A ROW has broken out between a skip hire company and a developer over plans to close a road which provides one of two access routes to the shopping centre in Fraddon.

Skip hire firm T Julian and Sons says a stopping up order on New Road, agreed last year to accommodate plans for a supermarket, will be detrimental to its business.

A spokeswoman said: "We're not happy with the closure. We'll have trouble turning our vehicles around with all the congestion.

"There are two entrances at the moment and they want to shut off one of them, which is the better entrance from our point of view. On an expanding retail park it's obviously better to have two entrances for safety."

The developer of the retail park, which also has permission to add a Next store and a Starbucks to the growing site, said the complaints were largely unfounded.

Abe Simpson of Kingsley Village insisted: "As far as I'm aware a lot of the objections were withdrawn at the public inquiry. Only one or two were left in and I think that's because they don't understand the scheme well enough.

"They've spent time and effort objecting to something which will bring enormous benefits. They don't know enough about it to raise a substantiated argument.

"Any claims from people who say that it's detrimental to them are farcical, because it's clear there are improvements to be made.

"Our new development is making the parish a far more sustainable one. People needn't travel to other areas to find work; they can stay here now. What we're doing will bring enormous benefits to everyone."

Other businesses in the village said they were concerned that having just one access point, near the petrol station, would make it difficult to reach their properties. A spokesman for Whitbread, which runs the Penhale Round pub opposite Kingsley Village, said the consent granted by Cornwall Council to close the road at the Blue Anchor junction would have an effect on lorry deliveries to businesses including the pub.

"We will continue to work alongside the council and other businesses affected by the decision to assess if there is a solution to the situation that suits everyone," he said.

St Enoder Parish Council said it supported the expansion of the retail park at Kingsley Village, which would bring new jobs to the area.

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