Councillors say Aldi site is not suitable

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ALDI’S plans to open a store on London Road in Salisbury are worrying city councillors.

Planning committee members meeting on Monday described the proposed access arrangements for the site as “entirely unsuitable”.

They agreed that although they wanted to see the land redeveloped, and Aldi appeared to be a good opportunity, they would have to object to the scheme as it stood.

Aldi wants to put an extra parking deck over the park and ride, creating 90 spaces for shoppers.

Delivery lorries would come up London Road from the city centre and turn right onto the site.

Cllr Colin Froude, who represents the Bishopdown area, showed the committee video footage of a parked lorry blocking London Road close to the Aldi site during the morning rush hour while its driver popped in to the garage opposite to buy a coffee.

The garage and associated Marks & Spencer shop were “the real menace”, he said, confessing that he cycles on the pavement because the road is already too dangerous.

He said: “Most people like the idea of that kind of top-up shop, and the traffic peaks they produce fit in with the lulls down the A30. It would be good for jobs.

“It’s an exciting proposal, but I’m convinced that having access off the A30 is not the right thing to do.”

Cllr John Lindley, the chairman, said he was concerned about how HGVs would turn right across the traffic at peak times. “I would dearly love to have Aldi in Salisbury,”

he said, “but is this the right site?”

A decision will be made by Wiltshire Council.

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10:31am Thu 31 Jul 14

maggiemou says...

Interesting that the city councillors have no problem with proposals for Asda with even larger lorries to clog up London Road even more, many many more cars to cause dangers to those wishing to cycle along London Road, another petrol station and no provision for any alterations to the layout of London Road!! Yes I agree that thought needs to be given to how lorries would access the proposed site, simplest idea to me seems to be via the Park and Ride site, adding in an access road (which would remove some parking spaces, but Aldi are already planning to add in more than would be lost) - this proposal seems so much more sensible/future thinking than a large supermarket shoehorned into the site at the corner of Pearce Way.
Interesting that the city councillors have no problem with proposals for Asda with even larger lorries to clog up London Road even more, many many more cars to cause dangers to those wishing to cycle along London Road, another petrol station and no provision for any alterations to the layout of London Road!! Yes I agree that thought needs to be given to how lorries would access the proposed site, simplest idea to me seems to be via the Park and Ride site, adding in an access road (which would remove some parking spaces, but Aldi are already planning to add in more than would be lost) - this proposal seems so much more sensible/future thinking than a large supermarket shoehorned into the site at the corner of Pearce Way. maggiemou
  • Score: 10

12:48pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Plebeian says...

Good to see that all that schmoozing by the Aldi PR people failed to influence our planning committee.

Well done Salisbury Councillors for your sensible observations, and let's hope you won't be ignored by Wiltshire Council.
Good to see that all that schmoozing by the Aldi PR people failed to influence our planning committee. Well done Salisbury Councillors for your sensible observations, and let's hope you won't be ignored by Wiltshire Council. Plebeian
  • Score: -12

3:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

blackstone says...

Aldi---come to Wilton
Aldi---come to Wilton blackstone
  • Score: 9

9:13pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Hartley Hare says...

Can't wait for Aldi.

Regarding Asda, they already have 'permission' to build on their land anyway. Perhaps if no Asda store is forthcoming, they'll build a 24 hour depot. That'll get complaints!
Can't wait for Aldi. Regarding Asda, they already have 'permission' to build on their land anyway. Perhaps if no Asda store is forthcoming, they'll build a 24 hour depot. That'll get complaints! Hartley Hare
  • Score: 1

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