Campaigners submit objections to Ashtead Tesco

Your Local Guardian

By Hardeep Matharu

11:50am Saturday 7th April 2012

Where would you park

Campaigners battling Tesco’s plans to open a Metro in Ashtead have submitted their objections to Mole Valley Council.

SAVE Ashtead’s Village Environment campaigning group (SAVE) does not oppose having a Tesco on The Street, Ashtead, but believes a lack of parking for shoppers will cause a “parking crisis in the village” and negatively affect the existing car parking spaces in the town.

But Simon Petar, Corporate Affairs Manager at Tesco, said the company has demonstrated there would be sufficient parking spaces available in Ashtead for Tesco users in all situations, including on the store’s busiest days, and that it had reached its conclusions using the maximum parking standards required for food retail stores.

He said Tesco’s most recent proposal for the store in February took into account residents’ initial concerns and included a number of changes.

At 684 sqm, it would be a basket-only store with just a front-entrance and 9-10 per cent smaller than previously proposed.

The store would provide off-site parking for staff, arranged through a private provider, and nine on-site parking spaces for residents of the flats which would be built above the shop.

Quentin Armitage, spokesman for SAVE, said: “Tesco has under-estimated the parking need by over 50 per cent and more than 80 additional spaces would approximately be needed to meet the parking need of a store of this size, notwithstanding the fact that this would be a basket only store.”