Campaigners 'delighted' by lack of support for Williton supermarket plans (From This is The West Country)
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Campaigners 'delighted' by lack of support for Williton supermarket plans
PROTESTERS gathered in Williton on Monday night to voice their objections to the proposed supermarket development in the village.
Williton Parish Council assembled atthe district council offices for its monthly meeting, with the controversial planning application on the agenda.
Signs and placards bearing messages against the plans were held up beforehand by campaigners, and more than 50 people attended the meeting itself.
Eleven speakers covered a variety of concerns about the development, including the danger caused by the proposed mini roundabout, increased traffic congestion, the threat to existing shops in the village and the viability of the size of supermarket.
One person spoke in favour of the proposals, citing cheaper food and more jobs as positives.
Parish councillors voted to recommend to reject the proposal, which will be taken into account when West Somerset Council’s planning committee is expected to discuss it next month.
Wendy Spencer, of the Love Williton Action Group, said: “We are delighted that the parish council has recommended refusal for this plan.Our own research shows that 80-90% of villagers are against this plan.
“We think it’s about time Mr Gliddon showed his hand and told us exactly which supermarket is in the running for this development.”