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Bid for new Aldi store sparks road fears

Swindon Advertiser: Aldi property director Ben Shotter outside the Westlea campus, where there are plans to build a new store Aldi property director Ben Shotter outside the Westlea campus, where there are plans to build a new store

CONCERNS are being raised after a formal application was made for a new Aldi store and 70 new homes on the former Westlea campus.

If approved the new store would be the fourth from the German retailers in Swindon.

The store has been well received by residents but there have been calls for roads plans to be ironed out further.

Martyn Parrott, 71, of Eastleaze said: “I have no objection whatsoever to the plans.

“My only complaint about all the plans is the fact they are going to put another entrance in off Shaw Road, which is simply not needed.

“The one there already has been there for 50 years, and serves its purpose.

“There is also a pedestrian crossing which is just up the road looking onto the other side of the Bramptons.

“That has been there since the school was built at Shaw Ridge, and was put there because on the other side is an estate of houses and the children can cross safely across Shaw Road.

“They are proposing in their traffic action plan that they are going to move the pedestrian crossing to the entrance of the road they are about to build for their property.”

Kevin Fisher, the chairman of Shaw Residents’ Association, said: “We have no objection to the proposed development but would ask that further consideration is given to the road infrastructure.

“In particular, we would urge evaluation of the use of a route into the store via Chelmsford Road, through the housing, or an option to redevelop and widen Shaw Road to allow for safe vehicle access and exit.”

Ben Shotter, the property director for Aldi, said the company was willing to respond to the concerns of residents, and have already increased the parking allocation to ease congestion.

“One thing about this location is it links very well with residential populations, so we would hope for more walk-in customers,” he said.

“Based on the feedback we have had over parking needs we have aligned our plan to get seven or eight more spaces in. On average we provide 80 parking spaces for each store, but for this location we added 20 per cent and then went up again.”

An application has also been submitted for the demolition of the old Westlea campus with a view to work starting as soon as permission is granted.

“We are also going to be putting £30,000 towards West Swindon traffic improvement measures, which is on top of other section 106 money, including a substantial amount for the new housing,” said Ben.

“I think the comments about traffic and parking are fair and we need to respond to them.”

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9:33am Wed 11 Jun 14

The Real Librarian says...

We shop at Aldi.

Currently we drive from Freshbrook to either the Town Centre or North Swindon. Its usually a trip specifically for the shopping.

When this shop is built, we will be walking to it. That's one less road journey a week. We can't be the only ones.
We shop at Aldi. Currently we drive from Freshbrook to either the Town Centre or North Swindon. Its usually a trip specifically for the shopping. When this shop is built, we will be walking to it. That's one less road journey a week. We can't be the only ones. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 20

9:47am Wed 11 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it?
Can't see much of an issue.
It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it? Can't see much of an issue. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

10:45am Wed 11 Jun 14

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it? Can't see much of an issue.
True, although those units have been empty for years and not contributing to traffic issues.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it? Can't see much of an issue.[/p][/quote]True, although those units have been empty for years and not contributing to traffic issues. Even Angrier Monkey
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

PaulD says...

People already travel through Mead Way/Whitehill Way to shop at other places so it's not realy adding to traffic, just changing where it terminates.
People already travel through Mead Way/Whitehill Way to shop at other places so it's not realy adding to traffic, just changing where it terminates. PaulD
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Richard Symonds says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it?
Can't see much of an issue.
Davey, access to the present commercial premises is via Chelmsford Road and if the present plans are executed a further entrance will be shoe horned in between it and Mead Way at the end of the traffic island ie two junctions in 100 yards

People come off Mead Way onto Shaw Road at 30mph and there is a significant chance that collisions will take place with people turning right to go down to Mead Way from Aldi.

The plans indicate housing in between Aldi and Chelmsford Road which means the only alternative exit is onto Mead Way itself with an Island in the middle to ensure that there is no right turn into or out of the site which would be accessed via the Renault and Withy Mead roundabouts.

The best solution is onto Chelmsford Road but will they change the housing layout? I doubt it!!

The Council has recently installed a costly and traffic wise a very disruptive footpath outside this site and it goes precisely nowhere. Did they anticipate this development or is this another example of their wasting money?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: It's only replacing other units which people drove to isn't it? Can't see much of an issue.[/p][/quote]Davey, access to the present commercial premises is via Chelmsford Road and if the present plans are executed a further entrance will be shoe horned in between it and Mead Way at the end of the traffic island ie two junctions in 100 yards People come off Mead Way onto Shaw Road at 30mph and there is a significant chance that collisions will take place with people turning right to go down to Mead Way from Aldi. The plans indicate housing in between Aldi and Chelmsford Road which means the only alternative exit is onto Mead Way itself with an Island in the middle to ensure that there is no right turn into or out of the site which would be accessed via the Renault and Withy Mead roundabouts. The best solution is onto Chelmsford Road but will they change the housing layout? I doubt it!! The Council has recently installed a costly and traffic wise a very disruptive footpath outside this site and it goes precisely nowhere. Did they anticipate this development or is this another example of their wasting money? Richard Symonds
  • Score: -5

2:50pm Wed 11 Jun 14

chimichanga says...

its not just the store that will generate traffic - the 70 homes will contribute a significant amount of vehicles into a road infrastructure that is struggling to cope today, let alone when the other developments in the area are complete.
its not just the store that will generate traffic - the 70 homes will contribute a significant amount of vehicles into a road infrastructure that is struggling to cope today, let alone when the other developments in the area are complete. chimichanga
  • Score: -1

7:32pm Wed 11 Jun 14

faatmaan says...

in the seventies and eighties people use to joke about opening a convenience store on any corner available, now we seem to have an oversupply of supermarkets, this is not sustainable unless these companies are aware of future development plans for those particular areas
in the seventies and eighties people use to joke about opening a convenience store on any corner available, now we seem to have an oversupply of supermarkets, this is not sustainable unless these companies are aware of future development plans for those particular areas faatmaan
  • Score: -3

9:52pm Wed 11 Jun 14

timt1964 says...

oh for gods sake! whenever anything is going to be built the local residents suddenly spout on about chaos on the roads and usually come out with the "children are at danger" routine.build it,teach the kids to get off their mobiles and look when they cross the road,get all the residents concerned to don yellow jackets,clipboards and have their picture taken arms crossed for the adver.sorted!! at least aldi will be cheaper than the extortionate shell garage nearby.
oh for gods sake! whenever anything is going to be built the local residents suddenly spout on about chaos on the roads and usually come out with the "children are at danger" routine.build it,teach the kids to get off their mobiles and look when they cross the road,get all the residents concerned to don yellow jackets,clipboards and have their picture taken arms crossed for the adver.sorted!! at least aldi will be cheaper than the extortionate shell garage nearby. timt1964
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Peter Mallinson says...

My wife and I live on The Bramptons and we are both looking forward to the store being built.

It really is a little late to start talking about road traffic in the area, North Swindon development has taken care of that.

It is not exactly a large housing development we are talking about, just 70 homes. There are 100 homes on the Bramptons with no traffic problems historically.

If there is a problem it is with the number of cars used by parents in the school runs.
My wife and I live on The Bramptons and we are both looking forward to the store being built. It really is a little late to start talking about road traffic in the area, North Swindon development has taken care of that. It is not exactly a large housing development we are talking about, just 70 homes. There are 100 homes on the Bramptons with no traffic problems historically. If there is a problem it is with the number of cars used by parents in the school runs. Peter Mallinson
  • Score: 3

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