Thursday, May 11

Expansion

I see the ball has started rolling with the local Tesco supermarket expansion, lots of construction gear is arriving on site. It seems to me that Tesco has been riding roughshod over local planning for years now. To start with we had a rather nice local brick and slate building complete with clock tower this was destroyed when they imposed a cheap nasty grey steel box and called it an improvement. How on earth this was passed I will never know what an eyesore next they decided that it was OK for them to attach advertising banners to railings on the highway, if anyone else did this they would be ripped down and the offender sent the bill for doing so. It has been five years as I know of since we have been promised improvements to this junction and another entrance to the estate dominated by Tesco and here we are with another expansion started and not a sign of any road works. Obviously this expansion will attract even more traffic to this shambolic bottle neck. It should have been a condition of planning permission that the road works were carried out before any expansion.

2 comments:

MaFt said...

when morrisons built the new(ish) farmers boy factory in bradford part of the planning agreement was to provide a cycle route at the junction. they did just that - it's a cycle road that it literally about 100yards long...

even if yon builders in barrow agreed to do the road works before construction started they'd just do it as cheap as possible to meet their side of the bargain and probably actually make things worse anyway...

MaFt

wil said...

Stateside, new construction usually entails approvals from local, regional and state planning commissions, an enviormental impact report, traffic analysis and a lot of "gifts" (reported and unreported) to various gov't officals.

And it still comes out as screwed up as your situation.