Parking issues fuel Tesco row

Surrey Today

By Edward Gent
Tesco Parking Questionnaire

Judy Smale (SAVE spokesperson), David Baker (ARA Website Editor), Paul Le Versha (ARA Chairman) and Gillian Russell (SAVE spokesperson). Photograph taken by Kenn Jordan

CAMPAIGNERS against a Tesco development in Ashtead are calling on people to voice their concerns about parking issues.

Planning permission for a new 750 square-metre store in the village was granted after a public enquiry.

But the inspector said that the development could only go ahead once Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) had relocated the existing 74 long-term spaces at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park.

With the store’s proposed 181 spaces being limited to four-hour short-term parking, Save Ashtead’s Village Environment (SAVE) and Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA) feel the loss of long-term parking would have a severe effect on the village.

So the two groups have teamed up to gather the views of residents and businesses before handing their results to the council.

Paul Le Versha, chairman of ARA, said: “On-street parking is an increasing issue in the village, with roads such as Grove Road already facing problems…

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