Petition to stop new Waitrose store off Worcester's London Road

Worcester News: Waitrose: wants to come to Worcester's London Road Waitrose: wants to come to Worcester's London Road

A WOULD-BE politician in Worcester is campaigning against the opening of a new Waitrose - saying it would have a "seriously negative impact" on residents.

Steve Mackay, the Conservative Party's candidate for Battenhall in this year's city council elections, wants the supermarket giant to do a u-turn on proposals for a store off London Road.

Mr Mackay, a retired policeman who lives in Battenhall, says he is "very concerned" about the implications for traffic.

A petition has been circulated around the area asking for householders to urge Worcester City Council's planning committee to reject the plan.

It comes despite Waitrose pledging to create 200 jobs, by opening the store on the site of the now defunct Ebenezer Bayliss print works.

He said: "While I know some people would welcome the additional retail competition in the city that Waitrose would bring, I am very concerned this new site will generate a huge amount of traffic in our area which will have a seriously negative impact on the Red Hill community."

He told your Worcester News he wanted the company to look at alternative sites elsewhere in the city.

"I'm not against Waitrose coming to Worcester, the fact they want to come is brilliant, but there may be better locations," he said.

"I've been campaigning around Battenhall and a number of people have told me they are concerned about the traffic.

"If it looked elsewhere it might even get a better footfall."

Your Worcester News understands the city council did ask Waitrose if it was interested in the current Cornmarket car park land off Trinity Street, but it was not considered suitable.

The land is currently for sale alongside the old Trinity House building, and is being earmarked for leisure use, but sits very close to to the £75 million Asda complex off City Walls Road.

Mr Mackay is also circulating a petition to try and prevent 200 homes being built in Middle Battenhall farm, which is being eyed up by Miller Homes.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "There may be a case for saying with these developments, because of the potential traffic implications we can have one but not the other.

"In that case Waitrose would be much more preferable - due to the number of jobs it would create I see it as beneficial to the city as a whole."

A planning application is expected to be submitted in the spring with an opening target of late 2015.

A Waitrose spokesman said: "We want to ensure the shop would be as convenient to get to as possible so it is our shared interest to ensure traffic is not an issue.

"Our transport consultants are working closely with the county council in its capacity as the local highways authority to assess the impact of the proposed development on the local highway network.

"The majority of vehicles travelling to and from the development will already be on surrounding roads travelling to existing food stores elsewhere in the area.

"Therefore, the overall increase in vehicle traffic on the local road network as a result of the development will be limited."

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5:00pm Mon 27 Jan 14

skychip says...

I agree with comment - not against Waitrose but dont think this is the right site due to the traffic impact, although Worcestershire Highways will not see any problem with the traffic situation.
I agree with comment - not against Waitrose but dont think this is the right site due to the traffic impact, although Worcestershire Highways will not see any problem with the traffic situation. skychip
  • Score: -17

5:07pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

Well we now have super NIMBY'S now with the houses which are almost a mile away from the proiposed Waitrose Store. And the small number in Redhill Lane won't really be affected and will probably welcome a good class store on their doorstep, well perhaps anyones elses doorstep but theirs.
I Hope that Waitrose just plough on and succeed in their application.
Worcester has become a Tesco / Sainsbury stronghold for too long.
With the proposed developement on Battenhalll farm we will see even more NIMBY objections since I understand several councillors live in that area.
Well we now have super NIMBY'S now with the houses which are almost a mile away from the proiposed Waitrose Store. And the small number in Redhill Lane won't really be affected and will probably welcome a good class store on their doorstep, well perhaps anyones elses doorstep but theirs. I Hope that Waitrose just plough on and succeed in their application. Worcester has become a Tesco / Sainsbury stronghold for too long. With the proposed developement on Battenhalll farm we will see even more NIMBY objections since I understand several councillors live in that area. Jabbadad
  • Score: 47

5:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

lovelyjubbly says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Well we now have super NIMBY'S now with the houses which are almost a mile away from the proiposed Waitrose Store. And the small number in Redhill Lane won't really be affected and will probably welcome a good class store on their doorstep, well perhaps anyones elses doorstep but theirs.
I Hope that Waitrose just plough on and succeed in their application.
Worcester has become a Tesco / Sainsbury stronghold for too long.
With the proposed developement on Battenhalll farm we will see even more NIMBY objections since I understand several councillors live in that area.
I agree.Note 'Would Be' politician!! A ploy for votes.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Well we now have super NIMBY'S now with the houses which are almost a mile away from the proiposed Waitrose Store. And the small number in Redhill Lane won't really be affected and will probably welcome a good class store on their doorstep, well perhaps anyones elses doorstep but theirs. I Hope that Waitrose just plough on and succeed in their application. Worcester has become a Tesco / Sainsbury stronghold for too long. With the proposed developement on Battenhalll farm we will see even more NIMBY objections since I understand several councillors live in that area.[/p][/quote]I agree.Note 'Would Be' politician!! A ploy for votes. lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 22

5:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Doogie 46 says...

I always thought that Goodmans bought that old EB factory as a land investment as much as a printing works - it`s a pretty big slice of prime development land. If I remember correctly some kind of housing development has already been turned down, it`s unlikely to be used again as a factory, so retail (DIY shed or Supermarket) seems the obvious remaining option.
Worcester could do with a B&Q or a Waitrose as an alternative to Homebase and Tesco/Sainsburys so I suspect the jobs aspect of the Waitrose may swing it.
Not sure the traffic is a totally insurmountable problem - although given the mess the council habitually makes of traffic management, perhaps I`m speaking too soon!
I always thought that Goodmans bought that old EB factory as a land investment as much as a printing works - it`s a pretty big slice of prime development land. If I remember correctly some kind of housing development has already been turned down, it`s unlikely to be used again as a factory, so retail (DIY shed or Supermarket) seems the obvious remaining option. Worcester could do with a B&Q or a Waitrose as an alternative to Homebase and Tesco/Sainsburys so I suspect the jobs aspect of the Waitrose may swing it. Not sure the traffic is a totally insurmountable problem - although given the mess the council habitually makes of traffic management, perhaps I`m speaking too soon! Doogie 46
  • Score: 20

5:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

sunnside says...

Its always the retired who object to more jobs being created i hope the new super market gets approval,i don't suppose mr Mackay has any concerns about lidl expanding in new town road i think not as this store in not on his door step
Its always the retired who object to more jobs being created i hope the new super market gets approval,i don't suppose mr Mackay has any concerns about lidl expanding in new town road i think not as this store in not on his door step sunnside
  • Score: 31

6:04pm Mon 27 Jan 14

CJH says...

"Our transport consultants are working closely with the county council in its capacity as the local highways authority to assess the impact of the proposed development on the local highway network". Well that's that then. We're stuffed.
"Our transport consultants are working closely with the county council in its capacity as the local highways authority to assess the impact of the proposed development on the local highway network". Well that's that then. We're stuffed. CJH
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

denon says...

Is this conservative candidate for real.............see
ms to have lib dem tendencies ...heaven help Worcester Conservatives if they annoint people like this. Bring on Waitrose in Evesham
Is this conservative candidate for real.............see ms to have lib dem tendencies ...heaven help Worcester Conservatives if they annoint people like this. Bring on Waitrose in Evesham denon
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Mr Analysis says...

It's not the best location lets be honest anyone who has driven around school pick-up/drop-off time or rush-hour will know this.

Also not the best store, a Morrison's or something like "The Range and other such stores" would have been very nice though. (if you have ever went to Kidderminster, a complex of retail stores like around the range store.)
It's not the best location lets be honest anyone who has driven around school pick-up/drop-off time or rush-hour will know this. Also not the best store, a Morrison's or something like "The Range and other such stores" would have been very nice though. (if you have ever went to Kidderminster, a complex of retail stores like around the range store.) Mr Analysis
  • Score: -18

10:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rod123 says...

We appear to have two areas of special interest in Worcester. Nimby Claines and Nimby Redhill.
We appear to have two areas of special interest in Worcester. Nimby Claines and Nimby Redhill. rod123
  • Score: 16

10:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Small Town says...

Yes the local traffic is a concern, but for me complainants would have a better chance of persuading Waitrore/JL Partnership to look elsewhere if they shared a little local knowledge - The Redhill is hardly one of Worcestershire more upmarket areas. You'd have thought a store would want to open close to their customers, and not therefore I this case in the vicinity of a massive council housing estate where incomes are naturally going to be mixed at best.

I've not been to a Waitrose for a while, but have always considered their offering to be more expensive than alternative supermarkets.

Still, if they're offering jobs to locally based people good luck to them - plenty within walking distance will be delighted at new opportunities nearby.
Yes the local traffic is a concern, but for me complainants would have a better chance of persuading Waitrore/JL Partnership to look elsewhere if they shared a little local knowledge - The Redhill is hardly one of Worcestershire more upmarket areas. You'd have thought a store would want to open close to their customers, and not therefore I this case in the vicinity of a massive council housing estate where incomes are naturally going to be mixed at best. I've not been to a Waitrose for a while, but have always considered their offering to be more expensive than alternative supermarkets. Still, if they're offering jobs to locally based people good luck to them - plenty within walking distance will be delighted at new opportunities nearby. Small Town
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

truth must out says...

Mr Mackay...staunch opponent of progress!!
Mr Mackay...staunch opponent of progress!! truth must out
  • Score: 15

11:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

voledog says...

I don't know how anyone could stand in the way of this development. Don't they realise there are middle class people out there who are suffering on a daily basis because up until now they have been unable to buy Waitrose's smoked salmon canapés in Worcester?
I don't know how anyone could stand in the way of this development. Don't they realise there are middle class people out there who are suffering on a daily basis because up until now they have been unable to buy Waitrose's smoked salmon canapés in Worcester? voledog
  • Score: 4

12:42am Tue 28 Jan 14

fnightingale says...

I live about 5 minutes walk away from this site and welcome the proposal of a Waitrose store,I think it would be beneficial to the area to have an upmarket supermarket offering a good choice of products. As for the traffic issues,I have been expressing my concerns to local councillors about speeding traffic on the top section of London Road for a while,i regularly witness cars driving on the section between the Oak Apple roundabout and Tesco express at ridiculous speed. I hoped they may have some influence in implementing traffic calming measurements but nothing has been done,so maybe this development and the ensuing traffic nightmare that some people are negatively predicting might actually force people to slow down!
I live about 5 minutes walk away from this site and welcome the proposal of a Waitrose store,I think it would be beneficial to the area to have an upmarket supermarket offering a good choice of products. As for the traffic issues,I have been expressing my concerns to local councillors about speeding traffic on the top section of London Road for a while,i regularly witness cars driving on the section between the Oak Apple roundabout and Tesco express at ridiculous speed. I hoped they may have some influence in implementing traffic calming measurements but nothing has been done,so maybe this development and the ensuing traffic nightmare that some people are negatively predicting might actually force people to slow down! fnightingale
  • Score: 24

8:33am Tue 28 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

fnightingale wrote:
I live about 5 minutes walk away from this site and welcome the proposal of a Waitrose store,I think it would be beneficial to the area to have an upmarket supermarket offering a good choice of products. As for the traffic issues,I have been expressing my concerns to local councillors about speeding traffic on the top section of London Road for a while,i regularly witness cars driving on the section between the Oak Apple roundabout and Tesco express at ridiculous speed. I hoped they may have some influence in implementing traffic calming measurements but nothing has been done,so maybe this development and the ensuing traffic nightmare that some people are negatively predicting might actually force people to slow down!
I agree with you fnightingale. I live about five minutes away from the proposed site too and would welcome the supermarket. It'll make a change to buy food without the Tesco/Sainsburys logo on it!

As for traffic problems, I'm more concerned about the proposed 200 homes to be built up the road. That will DEFINETLY cause problems. I don't think a supermarket would make much difference. It probably will make a difference during Friday's longer rush-hour and on the weekends too. But that's a small price to pay for extra jobs that are needed by the jobless at the moment. I'm sure Waitrose would welcome part-time and Saturday jobs to the students of the Sixth Form College.

I don't agree with voledog on the class issue though. Comments like that are a bit discriminative. I hope molecat realises that there are ex-council houses and rented Victorian terraces rubbing albows with large detached, period houses in the area? (i.e. Cromwell Crescent/Livingstone Street/Foxwell Street)!

I know Waitrose is considered as 'upmarket' and the planners have probably choose this area for that reason. But have you seen the Waitrose in Droitwich? Enough said...
[quote][p][bold]fnightingale[/bold] wrote: I live about 5 minutes walk away from this site and welcome the proposal of a Waitrose store,I think it would be beneficial to the area to have an upmarket supermarket offering a good choice of products. As for the traffic issues,I have been expressing my concerns to local councillors about speeding traffic on the top section of London Road for a while,i regularly witness cars driving on the section between the Oak Apple roundabout and Tesco express at ridiculous speed. I hoped they may have some influence in implementing traffic calming measurements but nothing has been done,so maybe this development and the ensuing traffic nightmare that some people are negatively predicting might actually force people to slow down![/p][/quote]I agree with you fnightingale. I live about five minutes away from the proposed site too and would welcome the supermarket. It'll make a change to buy food without the Tesco/Sainsburys logo on it! As for traffic problems, I'm more concerned about the proposed 200 homes to be built up the road. That will DEFINETLY cause problems. I don't think a supermarket would make much difference. It probably will make a difference during Friday's longer rush-hour and on the weekends too. But that's a small price to pay for extra jobs that are needed by the jobless at the moment. I'm sure Waitrose would welcome part-time and Saturday jobs to the students of the Sixth Form College. I don't agree with voledog on the class issue though. Comments like that are a bit discriminative. I hope molecat realises that there are ex-council houses and rented Victorian terraces rubbing albows with large detached, period houses in the area? (i.e. Cromwell Crescent/Livingstone Street/Foxwell Street)! I know Waitrose is considered as 'upmarket' and the planners have probably choose this area for that reason. But have you seen the Waitrose in Droitwich? Enough said... tub_thumper
  • Score: 15

9:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

Who really cares says...

Really??? The only time it will be full is on a Saturday I would guess. Like most Supermarkets there would be a steady flow in the week and then busy on the Weekend. Do people really thing that shoppers are going to park to far away to wheel their trolley full of shopping down the hill.

I think it time people got real and realised that more jobs, better shops and something that will benefit Worcester is more important than having to wait an extra 5 minutes in traffic.
Really??? The only time it will be full is on a Saturday I would guess. Like most Supermarkets there would be a steady flow in the week and then busy on the Weekend. Do people really thing that shoppers are going to park to far away to wheel their trolley full of shopping down the hill. I think it time people got real and realised that more jobs, better shops and something that will benefit Worcester is more important than having to wait an extra 5 minutes in traffic. Who really cares
  • Score: 25

9:31am Tue 28 Jan 14

melt12 says...

The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime
The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime melt12
  • Score: 17

9:35am Tue 28 Jan 14

denon says...

Well actually coomon sense isn't a thing of the past....waitrose (not the planners) have chosen the site for good commercial reasons. They wouldn't have gone in the town centre. The only way they would have gone in the centre is with a multistorey carpark attached just as thety are doing in Hereford
Well actually coomon sense isn't a thing of the past....waitrose (not the planners) have chosen the site for good commercial reasons. They wouldn't have gone in the town centre. The only way they would have gone in the centre is with a multistorey carpark attached just as thety are doing in Hereford denon
  • Score: 4

10:04am Tue 28 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

denon, As long as they don't create an ASDA carpark situation as they have in Worcester City Centre.
denon, As long as they don't create an ASDA carpark situation as they have in Worcester City Centre. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

10:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

melt12 wrote:
The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime
Did you read my comment? I'm a local resident and I welcome the new Waitrose. Also, did you read the main story properly? It is the politician, Steve Mackay, who is opposing the plans. He has circulated a petition which I, like many, have yet to send back. Mr Mackay is not my spokesperson, so by you saying that "local residents" are sharing the NIMBY sensibility is quite something.
[quote][p][bold]melt12[/bold] wrote: The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime[/p][/quote]Did you read my comment? I'm a local resident and I welcome the new Waitrose. Also, did you read the main story properly? It is the politician, Steve Mackay, who is opposing the plans. He has circulated a petition which I, like many, have yet to send back. Mr Mackay is not my spokesperson, so by you saying that "local residents" are sharing the NIMBY sensibility is quite something. tub_thumper
  • Score: 8

11:15am Tue 28 Jan 14

themooman says...

Mr Mackay is only concerned due to the fact it might add on 5 mins to his journey to county hall, this in turn would add more time on to him finding a car parking space on the road outside. i hope the store goes ahead and i look forward to seeing mr mackay in the fish aisle.
Mr Mackay is only concerned due to the fact it might add on 5 mins to his journey to county hall, this in turn would add more time on to him finding a car parking space on the road outside. i hope the store goes ahead and i look forward to seeing mr mackay in the fish aisle. themooman
  • Score: 16

11:23am Tue 28 Jan 14

FlinkGnat says...

melt12 wrote:
The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime
Ref locals not wanting extra housing, just out of interest where is the evidence to back up your comment?

People do shop in rush hour..."can you pick up some milk, 2 eggs and a toffee crisp on your way home please?"

Towns are for shops are they not?
[quote][p][bold]melt12[/bold] wrote: The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime[/p][/quote]Ref locals not wanting extra housing, just out of interest where is the evidence to back up your comment? People do shop in rush hour..."can you pick up some milk, 2 eggs and a toffee crisp on your way home please?" Towns are for shops are they not? FlinkGnat
  • Score: -10

12:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

tub_thumper wrote:
melt12 wrote:
The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime
Did you read my comment? I'm a local resident and I welcome the new Waitrose. Also, did you read the main story properly? It is the politician, Steve Mackay, who is opposing the plans. He has circulated a petition which I, like many, have yet to send back. Mr Mackay is not my spokesperson, so by you saying that "local residents" are sharing the NIMBY sensibility is quite something.
Down-voted?! But I was telling the truth; (backed up by your own comment and the original story)!
[quote][p][bold]tub_thumper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melt12[/bold] wrote: The local residents did not want houses to be built on the site now they don't want a supermarket. The site is ideal for a new store and the traffic implications would be mimimal as most people would not go shopping during rush hour anyway. As for putting it in town whoverer suggested that needs a brain transplant. As well as the traffic what about parking. The Asda multi storey is already full of non shoppers because of the stupidly cheap parking so now they want to increase it with waitrose shoppers. Moronic! Common sense is a thing of the past these days with whingeing the nations favorite pastime[/p][/quote]Did you read my comment? I'm a local resident and I welcome the new Waitrose. Also, did you read the main story properly? It is the politician, Steve Mackay, who is opposing the plans. He has circulated a petition which I, like many, have yet to send back. Mr Mackay is not my spokesperson, so by you saying that "local residents" are sharing the NIMBY sensibility is quite something.[/p][/quote]Down-voted?! But I was telling the truth; (backed up by your own comment and the original story)! tub_thumper
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Small Town says...

I only hope they apply for a 2 or 3 level multi-storey car park to service this supermarket, much better that than limit the scale of the actual store and the range of goods by the huge footprint of a surface only car park.
I only hope they apply for a 2 or 3 level multi-storey car park to service this supermarket, much better that than limit the scale of the actual store and the range of goods by the huge footprint of a surface only car park. Small Town
  • Score: -7

7:49am Wed 29 Jan 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

I hope it gets the go ahead. I don't know why people are moaning about multi-million pound investment in a growing city.

It also demonstrates the calibre of the city. Waitrose are well known for only opening supermarkets where there is a particular level of affluence.

Whether, I, you or anyone else is affluent or not, I love giving myself a treat when I can in Waitrose,
I hope it gets the go ahead. I don't know why people are moaning about multi-million pound investment in a growing city. It also demonstrates the calibre of the city. Waitrose are well known for only opening supermarkets where there is a particular level of affluence. Whether, I, you or anyone else is affluent or not, I love giving myself a treat when I can in Waitrose, WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 16

9:59am Wed 29 Jan 14

London Rd says...

I'm a very local resident and, although I picture some traffic issues (especially around Christmas time if Asda and Tesco are anything to go by), I think the benefits will well outweigh the occaisional traffic issue. Lets be honest, London Road can be backed up for a long time during rush hour most days, but thats not when most people do their weekly shop. Those at home during the day will choose a quiter time to head up there, and those that are stuck in the traffic on their way home during rush hour would be unlikely to drop in and do their weekly shop at that time anyway!

I'm all for the competition in the area - and a fairly affluent area at that! Silverdale Avenue/Spetchley Road/Red Hill Lane/Cromwell Crescent....hardly signs of poor living are they!
I'm a very local resident and, although I picture some traffic issues (especially around Christmas time if Asda and Tesco are anything to go by), I think the benefits will well outweigh the occaisional traffic issue. Lets be honest, London Road can be backed up for a long time during rush hour most days, but thats not when most people do their weekly shop. Those at home during the day will choose a quiter time to head up there, and those that are stuck in the traffic on their way home during rush hour would be unlikely to drop in and do their weekly shop at that time anyway! I'm all for the competition in the area - and a fairly affluent area at that! Silverdale Avenue/Spetchley Road/Red Hill Lane/Cromwell Crescent....hardly signs of poor living are they! London Rd
  • Score: 14

8:35pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Mr Analysis wrote:
It's not the best location lets be honest anyone who has driven around school pick-up/drop-off time or rush-hour will know this.

Also not the best store, a Morrison's or something like "The Range and other such stores" would have been very nice though. (if you have ever went to Kidderminster, a complex of retail stores like around the range store.)
What is "The Range" ? What else to do with the site that will have no traffic implications? Its those obese mums in their four wheel drive tanks that clog the place up, dropping off and picking up their obese kids from school. Let the little darlings walk !
[quote][p][bold]Mr Analysis[/bold] wrote: It's not the best location lets be honest anyone who has driven around school pick-up/drop-off time or rush-hour will know this. Also not the best store, a Morrison's or something like "The Range and other such stores" would have been very nice though. (if you have ever went to Kidderminster, a complex of retail stores like around the range store.)[/p][/quote]What is "The Range" ? What else to do with the site that will have no traffic implications? Its those obese mums in their four wheel drive tanks that clog the place up, dropping off and picking up their obese kids from school. Let the little darlings walk ! Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 7

2:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

poontangy says...

Waitrose has increased the value of nearby properties so these people should stop whining. A former policeman and would be polititian??sorry but those professions do not hold any water now; you simply lie for your own agenda.
A waitrose in that area is perfect. What else would you rather have there?another dirty factory?waste processing plant?or a high end shop? Just cycle to county hall to spend your days blowing our money
Waitrose has increased the value of nearby properties so these people should stop whining. A former policeman and would be polititian??sorry but those professions do not hold any water now; you simply lie for your own agenda. A waitrose in that area is perfect. What else would you rather have there?another dirty factory?waste processing plant?or a high end shop? Just cycle to county hall to spend your days blowing our money poontangy
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

Not on the London Road Site in question, but what Worcester badly needs is a Wilkinsons Hardware Store. However when some time back I asked one of the senior staff at the Droitwich store why they were not in Worcester, she replied that they would love to have a store in Worcester but the Rents and Rates were far too high, the costs of which have to be loaded onto the selling price of their extensive range of Wares.
Sad really I love to wander round there and can always find something large or little that I need / have forgotten.
Not on the London Road Site in question, but what Worcester badly needs is a Wilkinsons Hardware Store. However when some time back I asked one of the senior staff at the Droitwich store why they were not in Worcester, she replied that they would love to have a store in Worcester but the Rents and Rates were far too high, the costs of which have to be loaded onto the selling price of their extensive range of Wares. Sad really I love to wander round there and can always find something large or little that I need / have forgotten. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

nicki1967 says...

I really can't see how a Waitrose store is going to make any difference to the traffic Coming down the London Road. This is assuming that people are sensible about their shopping trips, of course. ;-) Mr Macay's petition came through my letterbox within half an hour of my, positively, filling in the questionnaire. Needless to say, the petition went straight into the recycling bin. I live on Sebright Avenue and think it will be a brilliant idea to have a choice of supermarket to visit. As my dad is living in RedHill Nursing home it is also very convenient for me. I hope that the council sees sense and grants the planning application. Jobs and convenience are of more importance than a few extra minutes travelling time, surely.
I really can't see how a Waitrose store is going to make any difference to the traffic Coming down the London Road. This is assuming that people are sensible about their shopping trips, of course. ;-) Mr Macay's petition came through my letterbox within half an hour of my, positively, filling in the questionnaire. Needless to say, the petition went straight into the recycling bin. I live on Sebright Avenue and think it will be a brilliant idea to have a choice of supermarket to visit. As my dad is living in RedHill Nursing home it is also very convenient for me. I hope that the council sees sense and grants the planning application. Jobs and convenience are of more importance than a few extra minutes travelling time, surely. nicki1967
  • Score: 12

3:35pm Sun 2 Feb 14

daffy says...

do these people object to reducing the unemployment in the city (that would be if the locals had a look in as most of the jobs go internally first). there was a letter recently suggesting to put housing there instead this would not help unemployment. it does appear that whenever some company tries to open up somewhere new we do get the calls for not in my backyard view making the news too, the alternative suggestion was an idiotic one and would cause even more congestion in the city than there is now.
do these people object to reducing the unemployment in the city (that would be if the locals had a look in as most of the jobs go internally first). there was a letter recently suggesting to put housing there instead this would not help unemployment. it does appear that whenever some company tries to open up somewhere new we do get the calls for not in my backyard view making the news too, the alternative suggestion was an idiotic one and would cause even more congestion in the city than there is now. daffy
  • Score: 1

11:56am Mon 3 Feb 14

dulon says...

Has anyone considered the alternative scenario ? In which the factory reopens with 80 Workers doing shifts ? You would have peak time traffic movements and all of the associated traffic disturbance of heavy lorries ...I cant see that it would be any different or better to the proposal that Waitrose has made .
What are people moaning about ?t it is just the rejuvenation of a property that will probably be a better and more sustainable proposition .
Has anyone considered the alternative scenario ? In which the factory reopens with 80 Workers doing shifts ? You would have peak time traffic movements and all of the associated traffic disturbance of heavy lorries ...I cant see that it would be any different or better to the proposal that Waitrose has made . What are people moaning about ?t it is just the rejuvenation of a property that will probably be a better and more sustainable proposition . dulon
  • Score: 2

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