Deluge of complaints over Tesco Tolworth plans at Kingston Council meeting

Plans: Tesco store, hotel and flats were discussed by councillors and residents

Plans: Tesco store, hotel and flats were discussed by councillors and residents

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Tesco’s latest plans to redevelop the old Toby Jug site in Tolworth have been met with more opposition.

Residents and councillors were virtually unanimous in their opposition to a supermarket, hotel, and three blocks of flats plus parking spaces being built.

The exhaustive list of objections raised at a south of the borough neighbourhood meeting on Wednesday night included greater pollution, unbearable extra traffic, and that the proposed flats were too tall.

Princes Avenue resident Roger Foster said that already “all I can taste is fumes.”

Elmcroft Drive resident Mike Hoare agreed: “I can smell the A3 – I don’t need a measuring machine. Pollution is already out of control.”

Ann Brown from the Kingston Society called the proposed blocks of flats “quite alien” to the area.

A lone voice in support said the development would provide jobs for the area’s unemployed.

Surrey Comet:

Tolworth and Hook Rise councillor Vicki Harris said: “People are not going to walk to that store to do their weekly shop.

"They are going to drive. Let's live in the real world here.”

Coun Sharon Hartley said: “I want this area developed, personally.

“I’m just disappointed. This is a missed opportunity by them because they didn’t listen to what councillors said to them a long time ago.”

Chessington North councillor Alan Dean opposed the scheme but said: “Housing, I would be very much in favour of on an unused site.”

Edward Davey, Kingston and Surbiton MP, has also relaunched his Every Little Hurts campaign, based on Tesco’s slogan.

Surrey Comet:

No one representing Tesco spoke during the meeting.

A spokesman said today: “The new development in will bring hundreds of new local jobs and also provide greater choice that is close to where people live.

“The added convenience of the proposed development will help keep people from driving further away and help encourage the growth of other nearby businesses.

“We want to continue to work with the community to make sure this is a useful redevelopment for the area and look forward to bringing it to committee next month.”

The issue is up for discussion again next Wednesday evening at a meeting in Dysart School, ahead of Kingston Council's development control committee’s final decision on Friday, February 7.

 

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4:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

DB says...

Great news. I wonder if the 'lone voice' who spoke in support is the dame lone voice that has been commenting on this website.
Great news. I wonder if the 'lone voice' who spoke in support is the dame lone voice that has been commenting on this website. DB
  • Score: 9

11:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Johnny Sunray says...

Personally I wish the 'vocal minority' would stop expressing views as if they are speaking for the entire community! For example my observations are that following all the surveys undertaken by the guardian, the majority of retailers on the Broadway are actually in favour of this development. Also at all the previous consultation events I didn't hear one retailer has voiced objections. Other than M&S and Iceland (no need to worry about them) which businesses that remain will really be under threat?

And objections regarding traffic and pollution are in most cases hypocritical. Where were these objectors when Day Aggregates got planning permission for up to 50 ten tonne lorries per day and a 300 odd tonne multi waggon train that goes through Tolworth? Or the bus garage? Also do I cause more traffic and pollution driving a 6 mile round trip to New Malden or Epsom, or more traffic and pollution driving a 1.5 round trip to Tolworth?
Personally I wish the 'vocal minority' would stop expressing views as if they are speaking for the entire community! For example my observations are that following all the surveys undertaken by the guardian, the majority of retailers on the Broadway are actually in favour of this development. Also at all the previous consultation events I didn't hear one retailer has voiced objections. Other than M&S and Iceland (no need to worry about them) which businesses that remain will really be under threat? And objections regarding traffic and pollution are in most cases hypocritical. Where were these objectors when Day Aggregates got planning permission for up to 50 ten tonne lorries per day and a 300 odd tonne multi waggon train that goes through Tolworth? Or the bus garage? Also do I cause more traffic and pollution driving a 6 mile round trip to New Malden or Epsom, or more traffic and pollution driving a 1.5 round trip to Tolworth? Johnny Sunray
  • Score: -7

9:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

jayjay289 says...

Johnny Sunray wrote:
Personally I wish the 'vocal minority' would stop expressing views as if they are speaking for the entire community! For example my observations are that following all the surveys undertaken by the guardian, the majority of retailers on the Broadway are actually in favour of this development. Also at all the previous consultation events I didn't hear one retailer has voiced objections. Other than M&S and Iceland (no need to worry about them) which businesses that remain will really be under threat?

And objections regarding traffic and pollution are in most cases hypocritical. Where were these objectors when Day Aggregates got planning permission for up to 50 ten tonne lorries per day and a 300 odd tonne multi waggon train that goes through Tolworth? Or the bus garage? Also do I cause more traffic and pollution driving a 6 mile round trip to New Malden or Epsom, or more traffic and pollution driving a 1.5 round trip to Tolworth?
Well said!!!
[quote][p][bold]Johnny Sunray[/bold] wrote: Personally I wish the 'vocal minority' would stop expressing views as if they are speaking for the entire community! For example my observations are that following all the surveys undertaken by the guardian, the majority of retailers on the Broadway are actually in favour of this development. Also at all the previous consultation events I didn't hear one retailer has voiced objections. Other than M&S and Iceland (no need to worry about them) which businesses that remain will really be under threat? And objections regarding traffic and pollution are in most cases hypocritical. Where were these objectors when Day Aggregates got planning permission for up to 50 ten tonne lorries per day and a 300 odd tonne multi waggon train that goes through Tolworth? Or the bus garage? Also do I cause more traffic and pollution driving a 6 mile round trip to New Malden or Epsom, or more traffic and pollution driving a 1.5 round trip to Tolworth?[/p][/quote]Well said!!! jayjay289
  • Score: -6

4:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Beverly RA says...

In my opinion it must be getting close to an election if the Lib Dem Councillors are listening to residents for a change,(thats if they are)
Pity they did not do so for Tolworth Broadway or the needle fiasco at Surbiton hospital. Cllr Harris is of course the chair of the Committee that will decide this, but has now put herself in a position that she cannot sit . I suspect that they will now make a big funfair of speaking against it at the relevant committee and try to make political capital out of it. Ah well thats the Lib Dems for you. But lets see if Im Right.
In my opinion it must be getting close to an election if the Lib Dem Councillors are listening to residents for a change,(thats if they are) Pity they did not do so for Tolworth Broadway or the needle fiasco at Surbiton hospital. Cllr Harris is of course the chair of the Committee that will decide this, but has now put herself in a position that she cannot sit . I suspect that they will now make a big funfair of speaking against it at the relevant committee and try to make political capital out of it. Ah well thats the Lib Dems for you. But lets see if Im Right. Beverly RA
  • Score: -12

9:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mondeo90 says...

Mondeo90
How many of the objectors use their cars to go to Tesco, New Malden, causing pollution in this area and along the A3?
I bet those concerned will not own up to this they do not think of the other people just themselves, and they probably are a minority because the majority do want this Tesco
They should say what they want on this site not keep on saying we do not want this or that.
I have a suggestion why not a travellers site at least it would be used instead of being left derelict.
The only way to stop the pollution would be to close the A3 from the Ace to Coombe Lane Junction and all the traffic could use the local roads just think about the amount of pollution this would cause.
Stop looking at the negatives and start looking at the positives and get something done.
People say they are concerned about the effect on Tolworth but New Malden is still a thriving town only 15 minutes from Tesco.
As for the flats not fitting into the area, nothing could be a bigger eyesore than Tolworth Tower.
I await the fallout.
Mondeo90 How many of the objectors use their cars to go to Tesco, New Malden, causing pollution in this area and along the A3? I bet those concerned will not own up to this they do not think of the other people just themselves, and they probably are a minority because the majority do want this Tesco They should say what they want on this site not keep on saying we do not want this or that. I have a suggestion why not a travellers site at least it would be used instead of being left derelict. The only way to stop the pollution would be to close the A3 from the Ace to Coombe Lane Junction and all the traffic could use the local roads just think about the amount of pollution this would cause. Stop looking at the negatives and start looking at the positives and get something done. People say they are concerned about the effect on Tolworth but New Malden is still a thriving town only 15 minutes from Tesco. As for the flats not fitting into the area, nothing could be a bigger eyesore than Tolworth Tower. I await the fallout. mondeo90
  • Score: -6

12:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

marina68 says...

Yet more putrid lies from the Conservative propagandist "Beverley RA".

The Lib Dems have been fighting Tesco's Tolworth superstore since 2005. The Lib Dems, Ed Davey & councillors, have put a huge amount of effort into defending Tolworth from this dreadful proposal at every point.

This has been a long battle, and Tesco is clearly trying to grind down local opposition, but the Lib Dems won't be giving up the fight against this application that would
a. bring more traffic congestion,
b. cause more pollution,
c. threaten many existing businesses in Tolworth & Surbiton

For a truthful history of the Lib Dem's long running defence of Tolworth from Tesco's superstore, please go to the following Lib Dem website:

http://www.everylitt
lehurts.co.uk/web/?q
=node/8

Or this 2007 thisismoney article on the last victory of Tolworth residents over Tesco:

bit.ly/1jcUUvq

Of course, Beverley knows all of this. Shame that the chief Tory propagandist on this site couldn't acknowledge the united opposition from all councillors against Tesco's plans, and tries to spread bare faced lies instead. Shameful.
Yet more putrid lies from the Conservative propagandist "Beverley RA". The Lib Dems have been fighting Tesco's Tolworth superstore since 2005. The Lib Dems, Ed Davey & councillors, have put a huge amount of effort into defending Tolworth from this dreadful proposal at every point. This has been a long battle, and Tesco is clearly trying to grind down local opposition, but the Lib Dems won't be giving up the fight against this application that would a. bring more traffic congestion, b. cause more pollution, c. threaten many existing businesses in Tolworth & Surbiton For a truthful history of the Lib Dem's long running defence of Tolworth from Tesco's superstore, please go to the following Lib Dem website: http://www.everylitt lehurts.co.uk/web/?q =node/8 Or this 2007 thisismoney article on the last victory of Tolworth residents over Tesco: bit.ly/1jcUUvq Of course, Beverley knows all of this. Shame that the chief Tory propagandist on this site couldn't acknowledge the united opposition from all councillors against Tesco's plans, and tries to spread bare faced lies instead. Shameful. marina68
  • Score: 10

4:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

botty49 says...

Why has Tolworth been picked on to have all this new housing, if Tesco's get their way that is 269 homes and if Tolworth Girls School get their way that will be another 146 homes, making 415 new homes in a very small area, not far from each other. The schools and faclilites cannot cope now, what will it be like if they all get planning permission. That could be potentially 1245 extra people in Tolworth, in an area 2 minutes apart from each other. Also Budgens in Tolworth are closing down due to Sainsbury's opening up at the end of the Broadway, it is getting ridiculous, but no one takes into account the existing residents concerns and worries. Bet the developers would not like anything like this on their own back yard. !!!
Why has Tolworth been picked on to have all this new housing, if Tesco's get their way that is 269 homes and if Tolworth Girls School get their way that will be another 146 homes, making 415 new homes in a very small area, not far from each other. The schools and faclilites cannot cope now, what will it be like if they all get planning permission. That could be potentially 1245 extra people in Tolworth, in an area 2 minutes apart from each other. Also Budgens in Tolworth are closing down due to Sainsbury's opening up at the end of the Broadway, it is getting ridiculous, but no one takes into account the existing residents concerns and worries. Bet the developers would not like anything like this on their own back yard. !!! botty49
  • Score: -1

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