2nd April 2013
Over a hundred residents have signed a petition to the council's planning committee which has been submitted with Maidstone Green Party's objection letter. The letter sets out significant concerns about the current level of traffic in the area which will increase by 54% if the supermarket is built.
Stuart Jeffery: "There is overwhelming opposition to a supermarket on St Peters Street as the petition shows. Local people have suffered since the St Peters Street was turned into a shopping area and the roads now regularly turn into gridlock. Increasing the number of cars on them by 54% is madness."
"With six supermarkets within a mile of the site and a seventh planned for the old Army and Navy store, there is no need for one here. It will simply damage existing businesses.
"There is no bus service to the site and the nearest stop is 400 metres away so the majority of people will be driving there. Coupled with the drive thru McDonalds by Maidstone West, the area is in for a huge inlux of cars."
Our objection letter is available here.