Lloyds Bank and the Ambulance Service voice concerns over Williton Supermarket

Lloyds Bank and the Ambulance Service voice concerns over Williton Supermarket

Lloyds Bank and the Ambulance Service voice concerns over Williton Supermarket

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CONCERNS over plans for a new supermarket in Williton continue to grow this week with letters of objection from Lloyds Bank and questions from South West Ambulance Service.

A letter from the ambulance service said there could be a delay in response times because of potential bottle-necks of traffic in the area.

The letter also expressed concerns that the increase in traffic during the roadwork process and when the supermarket was built would be a hindrance for wide emergency vehicles.

On Monday evening (June 2), parish councillors held a meeting and members of the public were not shy in voicing concerns.

One woman said: “The build-up in traffic could potentially put people’s lives at risk.

“I know from experience what it is like waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

“Every second feels like a minute, every minute feels like an hour.”

There were also fears for the loss of Lloyds Bank, the only Lloyds in West Somerset which is open full-time.

Part of Mr Gliddon’s plans include creating a pedestrian access to the site through the existing bank branch in Fore Street.

The bank’s agents say Mr Gliddon had only ‘briefly’ approached Lloyds with an option of potential relocation within the proposed development.

The letter of objection from the agents adds: “There is no guarantee that the proposed new units will be suitable for Lloyds and therefore there is uncertainty around relocation.

“Furthermore, any business relocation also results in substantial cost and disruption implications for the business and customers, particularly where there is no current business need to relocate.”

At the meeting on Monday, Mr Gliddon defended his plans. He said: “Williton is the fifth most deprived ward in West Somerset.

“Unemployment is 51% higher in Watchet and with 986 new homes planned for Watchet and Williton there needs to be jobs for those people.

“We have heard health concerns but what about other health issues such as depression which can come from unemployment?”

At the meeting, parish councillors in Williton decided to submit six comments of concern regarding the application to West Somerset Council.

Five councillors voted for the comments, one against and another abstained from voting.

Among the list of concerns was that the supermarket would interfere with long-term plans for a relief road in Williton and the loss of parking and potential loss of Lloyds Bank.

The application is due to be considered by West Somerset Council in July.

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5:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Lulu2011 says...

I think that the only person that will be depressed if the supermarket plans are rejected will be Mr Gliddon. What a ridiculous statement to make and an insult to the residents of Williton. There are clear health and safety issues in the customer’s car parking area with delivery lorries having to drive very close to parked vehicles and having to drive over four or five pedestrian crossings and then reversing into the service area. To dismiss this concern in such a way is ridiculous. What about the state of mind of the existing business owners and their employees, when their businesses and jobs are at risk. His arrogance is beyond belief, but then again, nature of the beast etc so maybe not.
I think that the only person that will be depressed if the supermarket plans are rejected will be Mr Gliddon. What a ridiculous statement to make and an insult to the residents of Williton. There are clear health and safety issues in the customer’s car parking area with delivery lorries having to drive very close to parked vehicles and having to drive over four or five pedestrian crossings and then reversing into the service area. To dismiss this concern in such a way is ridiculous. What about the state of mind of the existing business owners and their employees, when their businesses and jobs are at risk. His arrogance is beyond belief, but then again, nature of the beast etc so maybe not. Lulu2011
  • Score: 7

7:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MarkTwain says...

With all due respect to supermarket workers, a job there is hardly likely to lift someone out of depression. I never see anyone hop, skipping and jumping around Tesco. It's lovely to visit Williton and see the locals stopping for a chat and passing the time of day with each other. Everyone seems to know everyone and you always get a cheery smile when you go down the street.

It seems to me that David Gliddon is on a fantastical adventure that he can't let go of. It must be costing him an absolute fortune in his time, money and health. Let's not forget he is not a spring chicken and should be enjoying his later years rather than focusing all his efforts on something that let's face it, is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN in a month or even a year of Sundays. I think he should focus his efforts on working with the village in providing something that is needed rather than his pig headed attitude of "this is what I want so that's what the peasants get". More leisure facilities are most definitely needed in Williton and wouldn't it be great if he could support in some way the economy and suppliers of Somerset!
With all due respect to supermarket workers, a job there is hardly likely to lift someone out of depression. I never see anyone hop, skipping and jumping around Tesco. It's lovely to visit Williton and see the locals stopping for a chat and passing the time of day with each other. Everyone seems to know everyone and you always get a cheery smile when you go down the street. It seems to me that David Gliddon is on a fantastical adventure that he can't let go of. It must be costing him an absolute fortune in his time, money and health. Let's not forget he is not a spring chicken and should be enjoying his later years rather than focusing all his efforts on something that let's face it, is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN in a month or even a year of Sundays. I think he should focus his efforts on working with the village in providing something that is needed rather than his pig headed attitude of "this is what I want so that's what the peasants get". More leisure facilities are most definitely needed in Williton and wouldn't it be great if he could support in some way the economy and suppliers of Somerset! MarkTwain
  • Score: 12

8:51pm Thu 5 Jun 14

kwswatchdog says...

The South West Ambulence services comments on this application show
the concern they feel about response times to accidents and emergencies being longer due to extra congestion were the planning application for this supermarket to be granted.In my view peoples LIVES COULD BE PUT AT RISK and for WHY,for a supermarket ninety five percent off Willitons population does NOT WANT and Williton certainly has NO need for as it already has two supermarkets.In view of the potential unnecessary risk to peoples lives shouldn't the applicant do the right thing and WITHDRAW this application NOW.
In My View Lloyds Bank would either have to close or relocate the Branch elsewhere away from Williton This means that disabled people who cant go to The Nat West bank in Williton due to the steps outside their building would have to go to Taunton and this would add to traffic problems In my opinion this demonstrates that the planning application is also not sustainable and would be seen as not complying with the National Planning Policy Framework

K.W.S Watchdog
The South West Ambulence services comments on this application show the concern they feel about response times to accidents and emergencies being longer due to extra congestion were the planning application for this supermarket to be granted.In my view peoples LIVES COULD BE PUT AT RISK and for WHY,for a supermarket ninety five percent off Willitons population does NOT WANT and Williton certainly has NO need for as it already has two supermarkets.In view of the potential unnecessary risk to peoples lives shouldn't the applicant do the right thing and WITHDRAW this application NOW. In My View Lloyds Bank would either have to close or relocate the Branch elsewhere away from Williton This means that disabled people who cant go to The Nat West bank in Williton due to the steps outside their building would have to go to Taunton and this would add to traffic problems In my opinion this demonstrates that the planning application is also not sustainable and would be seen as not complying with the National Planning Policy Framework K.W.S Watchdog kwswatchdog
  • Score: 5

9:55pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Freetalk says...

Why should we all have to travel to Minehead or Taunton just to do are shopping?
Williton needs a better Supermarket.
Taunton has more congestion that Williton will ever have yet it doesn't slow down Ambulances or Fire service vehicles by more than seconds at the most.
And you can't just make up figures to make this sound your way, no way 95% of people not want this Supermarket.
Why should we all have to travel to Minehead or Taunton just to do are shopping? Williton needs a better Supermarket. Taunton has more congestion that Williton will ever have yet it doesn't slow down Ambulances or Fire service vehicles by more than seconds at the most. And you can't just make up figures to make this sound your way, no way 95% of people not want this Supermarket. Freetalk
  • Score: -2

10:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MarkTwain says...

Freetalk. If that was the case we should build a supermarket in every village. Fact is you will still travel to Minehead or Taunton. Why aren't you fighting for something Williton really needs rather than another poxy supermarket?
Freetalk. If that was the case we should build a supermarket in every village. Fact is you will still travel to Minehead or Taunton. Why aren't you fighting for something Williton really needs rather than another poxy supermarket? MarkTwain
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Lulu2011 says...

Freetalk wrote:
Why should we all have to travel to Minehead or Taunton just to do are shopping?
Williton needs a better Supermarket.
Taunton has more congestion that Williton will ever have yet it doesn't slow down Ambulances or Fire service vehicles by more than seconds at the most.
And you can't just make up figures to make this sound your way, no way 95% of people not want this Supermarket.
Why should Lloyds bank customers have to travel to Taunton just to do their banking? Watchet is only a part time sub branch of the Williton branch, so the chances are we would lose that as well. The predicted delay is minutes, not seconds.
[quote][p][bold]Freetalk[/bold] wrote: Why should we all have to travel to Minehead or Taunton just to do are shopping? Williton needs a better Supermarket. Taunton has more congestion that Williton will ever have yet it doesn't slow down Ambulances or Fire service vehicles by more than seconds at the most. And you can't just make up figures to make this sound your way, no way 95% of people not want this Supermarket.[/p][/quote]Why should Lloyds bank customers have to travel to Taunton just to do their banking? Watchet is only a part time sub branch of the Williton branch, so the chances are we would lose that as well. The predicted delay is minutes, not seconds. Lulu2011
  • Score: 7

9:35am Fri 6 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Build a ring road!
Build a ring road! Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

kwswatchdog says...

The Watchdog doesn't pluck figures out of the air!!!!!!!Last year for last years application for a supermarket the watchdog conducted a house to house survey of a representative sample(Ten Percent) of Willitons residents .The result of this showed that 95 per cent of those surveyed were against the supermarket.As this years application is essentially the same as last years
application it follows that 95 per cent of the people from Williton and the surrounding area will still be saying they don't want a supermarket
K W S WATCHDOG NOTHING MUCH GETS PAST ME.
The Watchdog doesn't pluck figures out of the air!!!!!!!Last year for last years application for a supermarket the watchdog conducted a house to house survey of a representative sample(Ten Percent) of Willitons residents .The result of this showed that 95 per cent of those surveyed were against the supermarket.As this years application is essentially the same as last years application it follows that 95 per cent of the people from Williton and the surrounding area will still be saying they don't want a supermarket K W S WATCHDOG NOTHING MUCH GETS PAST ME. kwswatchdog
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Freetalk says...

It will only be seconds not minutes for Fire / Police / Ambulance, please check the turnout and attendance stats for the Fire Service.
Also theres a poll saying that 65.4% of people are in favour of a Supemarket.
That got past KWS!
It will only be seconds not minutes for Fire / Police / Ambulance, please check the turnout and attendance stats for the Fire Service. Also theres a poll saying that 65.4% of people are in favour of a Supemarket. That got past KWS! Freetalk
  • Score: -1

4:54pm Fri 6 Jun 14

littlemisstidy says...

Sad to say, but Mr Gliddon really only cares about two things, profit and having his own way at all costs.

At certain times well over a 1000 vehicles an hour pass through Williton to and from Minehead, not to mention the traffic to and from Taunton. There is no flyover no bypass nothing.

And yet Mr Gliddon thinks his plan will improve Williton. Lets hope WSC make the right decision and throw this ridiculous venture out once and for all.
Sad to say, but Mr Gliddon really only cares about two things, profit and having his own way at all costs. At certain times well over a 1000 vehicles an hour pass through Williton to and from Minehead, not to mention the traffic to and from Taunton. There is no flyover no bypass nothing. And yet Mr Gliddon thinks his plan will improve Williton. Lets hope WSC make the right decision and throw this ridiculous venture out once and for all. littlemisstidy
  • Score: 5

8:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

WigglyW says...

For me the ambulance service have made their views known.

Agree with Mark, why settle for a supermarket? Such a shame.

I think David Gliddon had his time last time. His case looks even worse. Seems desparate and sad. Move on people.
For me the ambulance service have made their views known. Agree with Mark, why settle for a supermarket? Such a shame. I think David Gliddon had his time last time. His case looks even worse. Seems desparate and sad. Move on people. WigglyW
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Fri 6 Jun 14

WigglyW says...

Can't believe this is back again. Seems rather desperate to me. Case us much weaker this time around and it wasn't that strong last time. You can get polls to say what you like.

Even if 100% were for or 100% against, it would matter not a bit. Goes down to planning law.

Unless the laws have changed, can't see any different outcome. Desperate, desperate, desperate.
Can't believe this is back again. Seems rather desperate to me. Case us much weaker this time around and it wasn't that strong last time. You can get polls to say what you like. Even if 100% were for or 100% against, it would matter not a bit. Goes down to planning law. Unless the laws have changed, can't see any different outcome. Desperate, desperate, desperate. WigglyW
  • Score: 5

10:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

kwswatchdog says...

KWS WATCHDOG HERE
Freetalk please read this article again it clearly states that the South
Western Anbulence have raised concerns about potential delays to their response times.THEY SHOULD KNOW.They have raised comments to
the West Somerset Council Plannnig Department and WOULD NOT HAVE DONE SO IF THEY WERE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.The Free Press Poll says 56 percent want a supermarket BUT 56 PERCENT OF HOW MANY VOTERS??????????????

THE WATCHDOGS SURVEY WAS REPRESENTATIVE Freetalk please see previous WATCHDOG comments
THE WATCHDOG will present new evidence to show that 95percent of
People in Williton don't want a new supermarket WATCH THIS SPACE

THE WATCHDOG WASNT BORN YESTERDAY BARK BARK BARK BARK
KWS WATCHDOG HERE Freetalk please read this article again it clearly states that the South Western Anbulence have raised concerns about potential delays to their response times.THEY SHOULD KNOW.They have raised comments to the West Somerset Council Plannnig Department and WOULD NOT HAVE DONE SO IF THEY WERE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.The Free Press Poll says 56 percent want a supermarket BUT 56 PERCENT OF HOW MANY VOTERS?????????????? THE WATCHDOGS SURVEY WAS REPRESENTATIVE Freetalk please see previous WATCHDOG comments THE WATCHDOG will present new evidence to show that 95percent of People in Williton don't want a new supermarket WATCH THIS SPACE THE WATCHDOG WASNT BORN YESTERDAY BARK BARK BARK BARK kwswatchdog
  • Score: -4

10:51am Sun 8 Jun 14

ladybird14 says...

Mr Gliddon one thing to say greed MONEY MONEY MONEY
Mr Gliddon one thing to say greed MONEY MONEY MONEY ladybird14
  • Score: 5

3:14pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Freetalk says...

Sounds like people are more concerned that mr Gliddon make make some money than what's inportant for the village!!!!
Sounds like people are more concerned that mr Gliddon make make some money than what's inportant for the village!!!! Freetalk
  • Score: -3

9:31pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Lulu2011 says...

Freetalk wrote:
Sounds like people are more concerned that mr Gliddon make make some money than what's inportant for the village!!!!
Not at all. It would be very nice to have a big supermarket on our doorstep, but it is the damage that it will do that is the objectors’ main concern. Mr Glliddon not only wants a supermarket, but wants other retail units within the development too. He has pestered the existing businesses in Fore Street to relocate to the new development. He has also tried to “poach” a couple of new businesses by approaching the proprietors. If just a few of these businesses were to take the bait, the immediate impact on Fore Street would be several empty units all at the same time, giving the impression that Williton has become a ghost town. There are many businesses that need Lloyds Bank in Williton. It is not just hearsay that they may not relocate, the bank’s own agents have written to the planners and the bank is unlikely to relocate. The nearest full time Lloyds Branch will be in Taunton. It is not hearsay or supposition that emergency services will be delayed by the increase in traffic. The South West Ambulance Service have written a letter of objection on these grounds. They know what they are talking about. At least one of the existing convenience stores will go – the area just cannot support three large stores. That will be another empty shop on Fore Street. Williton will have another mini roundabout, less than 70m from the existing one. I don’t know how well you know the area, but the Wansborough papermill lorries have use this roundabout. At 16 and a half metres long, they can only negotiate the existing mini roundabout with difficulty, and when on their outward journey traffic approaching from the Bridgwater direction has to hang back to allow then enough room to negotiate the turn, they are practically on the pavement sometimes. With the increase in traffic that the development would bring, coupled together with the extra Hinkley C traffic, at peak times it is inevitable that there will be gridlock. There are also H&S concerns on the site itself with the delivery lorries sharing the same access as customer’s vehicles and have to drive through the customer car park before having to reverse into the service area. The site is not big enough for the development proposed, it needs to have separate access for delivery and service vehicles.
What people cannot understand is why David Gliddon is willing to risk the damage that the development will bring to the community. Yes, there would be a few positives, but disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. Once the damage is done, there will be no turning back. It is a gamble which will affect too many people and it is not fair that one person could risk so much because he is so sure that his opinion is the right one. Those of us that do not want to take this risk have the democratic right to object to the plan. Mr Gliddon did have planning permission for up to 90 houses on the site, which would be a better use of the land. An alternative would be a mixture of smaller shops, including his own, with a number of houses which could include social housing and affordable homes. Williton probably needs this type of development more than a supermarket. Mr Gliddon has been a property developer for many years, this is how he makes his money, not from the hardware store. He is in business to make money, don’t let him kid you otherwise. It is hardly surprising then that a lot of people think that the sole motivation for this development is to make yet more money.
[quote][p][bold]Freetalk[/bold] wrote: Sounds like people are more concerned that mr Gliddon make make some money than what's inportant for the village!!!![/p][/quote]Not at all. It would be very nice to have a big supermarket on our doorstep, but it is the damage that it will do that is the objectors’ main concern. Mr Glliddon not only wants a supermarket, but wants other retail units within the development too. He has pestered the existing businesses in Fore Street to relocate to the new development. He has also tried to “poach” a couple of new businesses by approaching the proprietors. If just a few of these businesses were to take the bait, the immediate impact on Fore Street would be several empty units all at the same time, giving the impression that Williton has become a ghost town. There are many businesses that need Lloyds Bank in Williton. It is not just hearsay that they may not relocate, the bank’s own agents have written to the planners and the bank is unlikely to relocate. The nearest full time Lloyds Branch will be in Taunton. It is not hearsay or supposition that emergency services will be delayed by the increase in traffic. The South West Ambulance Service have written a letter of objection on these grounds. They know what they are talking about. At least one of the existing convenience stores will go – the area just cannot support three large stores. That will be another empty shop on Fore Street. Williton will have another mini roundabout, less than 70m from the existing one. I don’t know how well you know the area, but the Wansborough papermill lorries have use this roundabout. At 16 and a half metres long, they can only negotiate the existing mini roundabout with difficulty, and when on their outward journey traffic approaching from the Bridgwater direction has to hang back to allow then enough room to negotiate the turn, they are practically on the pavement sometimes. With the increase in traffic that the development would bring, coupled together with the extra Hinkley C traffic, at peak times it is inevitable that there will be gridlock. There are also H&S concerns on the site itself with the delivery lorries sharing the same access as customer’s vehicles and have to drive through the customer car park before having to reverse into the service area. The site is not big enough for the development proposed, it needs to have separate access for delivery and service vehicles. What people cannot understand is why David Gliddon is willing to risk the damage that the development will bring to the community. Yes, there would be a few positives, but disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. Once the damage is done, there will be no turning back. It is a gamble which will affect too many people and it is not fair that one person could risk so much because he is so sure that his opinion is the right one. Those of us that do not want to take this risk have the democratic right to object to the plan. Mr Gliddon did have planning permission for up to 90 houses on the site, which would be a better use of the land. An alternative would be a mixture of smaller shops, including his own, with a number of houses which could include social housing and affordable homes. Williton probably needs this type of development more than a supermarket. Mr Gliddon has been a property developer for many years, this is how he makes his money, not from the hardware store. He is in business to make money, don’t let him kid you otherwise. It is hardly surprising then that a lot of people think that the sole motivation for this development is to make yet more money. Lulu2011
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Freetalk says...

90 houses on that site, it would be hell for anyone living next to it. I hope you all get behind the people to stop that build if the supermarket doesn't happen?
90 houses on that site, it would be hell for anyone living next to it. I hope you all get behind the people to stop that build if the supermarket doesn't happen? Freetalk
  • Score: 1

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