Public Enquiry over plans to close Fraddon's Kingsley Village access road
A PUBLIC inquiry will be held over proposals to close a road which provides one of two access routes to the Kingsley Village shopping centre in Fraddon.
Bosses at the complex say the 'stopping up order' of New Road is vital to accommodate plans for a new supermarket at the site.
But the chairman of St Enoder Parish Council, Michael Hopkins, expressed concern the move would create severe traffic congestion as there would be just one access point, close to the petrol station.
The Department of Transport will hold an inquiry on November 28 at Kingsley Village, and has invited local residents and businesses to comment on the plans before a decision is made.
At a meeting of the parish council last Tuesday, Mr Hopkins said more people would be using the site with a new supermarket, as well as the new Next store.
"If they do put in a supermarket at twice the size of the food hall as well as the Next, we are likely to see much more traffic through an already regularly blocked road," he said. "I think it is wrong to have the only access just at the filling station."
Dick Cole, Cornwall councillor for St Enoder parish, said a lot of people were "very uncomfortable" with the situation, although he had heard most of the objections had been withdrawn following discussions.
It was decided at the meeting that Mr Cole would draw up a response highlighting all concerns and give it to those present at the public inquiry.
It has been suggested that skip hire company T Julian & Son, of nearby Westbourne Terrace, would suffer if New Road was closed. A spokesperson for the company chose not to comment but confirmed it would make representations to the inquiry.
Abe Simpson, of Kingsley, told the Cornish Guardian earlier this month that major supermarkets were interested in the new store – although he could not reveal names.