23rd March 2013
Local Greens are deeply concerned about plans for a new supermarket in St Peters St in Maidstone. They are calling on local residents to write to the council in opposition to the plans which will increase traffic on the already gridlocked streets by 710 cars an hour.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "We are very concerned about the planning application to convert the 'Power Hub' on St Peters St into a large supermarket and we want to make sure that local people are aware of the plan too. The plans suggest an extra 710 cars on the already crowded roads - roads that are not coping at present.
"We think the the site could be put to better use, for example for light industry or affordable homes, both of which are in short supply, but another supermarket in the area is unnecessary.
"The impact on local shops will also be devastating. We need to be protecting local businesses not destroying them when there are already six other supermarkets within a mile radius of the site.
"Please write to Development Control, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ and quote ref MA/13/0297 before 8th April."
The full plan can be found on the Maidstone Borough Council website in the planning section under Ref: MA/13/0297.