'Good' application 'let down' by study

PUBLISHED: 12:57 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

THE basic idea of an Aldi in Honiton is very good", Councillor Liz Tirard said when she addressed the town council's planning committee. It is something that, I think, is necessary at that end of town. In essence I'm in favour, but the main worry I hav

THE basic idea of an Aldi in Honiton is "very good", Councillor Liz Tirard said when she addressed the town council's planning committee. "It is something that, I think, is necessary at that end of town. "In essence I'm in favour, but the main worry I have is traffic impact." Councillor Roy Coombs said: "I'm also in favour. It could be a valuable asset to the town and would only affect a limited number of outlets. "Road improvements are essential. I feel it is a very, very good application, totally let down by its traffic impact study." Traffic congestion was Councillor Dianne Morgan's main concern. "We have problems already with congestion, at both ends of the town." Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the Mayor of Honiton, said: "We are probably talking about quadrupling cars. It will be very difficult to turn right out of that junction, which is a major route into the Westcountry. "We are talking about a food store with lower priced goods and no pedestrian access to it. "The site is on one of the fastest stretches of roads in Honiton. When you cross, you start off thinking it's clear and end up having to run." Councillor Whitlock proposed a footbridge be erected over Exeter Road, saying a large housing estate was close by and that residents with children would want to access the store. Town and district councillor Vivienne Ash said: "Pedestrians are the key issue. It definitely needs some proper pedestrian facilities. "We need the company to identify a bus stop close to the store." Councillor Ash added: "There should be 18 cycle spaces but this application proposes 12 - and six of those are for staff. "I wonder if we should consider asking for recycling facilities at the store? "It is very important how this traffic problem is dealt with." Former mayor Councillor Sally Casson said the Turks Head junction with Exeter Road had been discussed by the Town Management Committee time and time again, with nothing ever being done at a higher level to improve the situation. She urged the committee to reject the application. "They seem to have put the cart before the horse here," said Councillor Jill McNally. "Aldi has put too little into traffic management." Councillor McNally pointed out she is in favour of a new convenience store offering low priced goods to Honiton residents. Aldi, she said, would have fewer daily lorry deliveries than Slades Countrywise. Councillor Vera Howard said: "I'm concerned about traffic coming in and out, and pedestrian safety. "Looking at the drawings, I quite like the building and I'm in favour of it.

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