Thursday, February 21, 2008
You may remember our exclusive article back last month about TMBC's plans to bring Tesco to Mottram.
Well now the press has caught hold of the story since the issue was raised at last week's Longdendale & Hattersley District Assembly. And quite rightly, concerns are being raised about the increased traffic it will bring to the area. And it seems Tameside will have a fight on their hands if residents like Jane Whyte have anything to do with it:
"If I have to walk round every house on this estate and Broadbottom and Mottram and get a petition, I will do that rather than see these children hurt."
Jane wants an entrance/exit to the store either on Mottram Road or Stockport Road, rather than Ashworth Lane. But that will clearly really mess with traffic projections - if they aren't already hugely affected by this development. And we revealed last month that this is the reason for the delays in the Public Inquiry into the bypass, as the existing traffic models will be severely compromised.
The clincher is this quote in the article:
"Although no planning application has yet been received, the council as a promoter of the regeneration of Hattersley supports its development."
Indeed, no application has been received because they have been told to wait until after April by Tameside - when the Public Inquiry will have resumed.
This is going to be very, very interesting indeed...