Deadline looms for supermarket decision

Residents wanting to give their views on a controversial project to build a new supermarket on one of the county's busiest village roads have less than two weeks to comment.

FELIXSTOWE: Residents wanting to give their views on a controversial project to build a new supermarket on one of the county's busiest village roads have less than two weeks to comment.

So far 180 people have signed a petition against the proposals to put the East of England Co-op store opposite a 370-pupil primary school in Trimley St Mary.

Despite concerns that the store could attract teenagers congregating and drinking at night, and cause traffic congestion and possible danger on High Road, parish councillors have given it their blessing.

However, they have asked Suffolk Coastal council to restrict Sunday opening from 10am to 4pm, to ensure deliveries only take place during opening hours and not at school start and finish times, that a provisional alcohol licence only be agreed, and CCTV be installed to watch over the street and seating area opposite to deter gangs of youths.

Planning officer William Shoote said that it was intended to bring the matter to the next development control sub committee and people should have their comments in by November 3.

“We will not discard any comments received and will accept them right up to the day of the meeting, but we would like them as early as possible to be able to include in the report for councillors,” he said.

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Parish councillor Mary Dixon said: “It is essential people write as soon as possible if they want to give views and opinions.

“The committee will not be able to take into account the commercial impact on other businesses but there are a wide range of other issues which will have to be looked at and which people can highlight as concerns.”

Does Trimley need a supermarket? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk