Last chance to question superstore road change

RESIDENTS in Little Lever have one final chance to learn more about a proposed oneway system as part of plans to build a Tesco superstore in the village.

Planning chiefs will then consider the findings from Monday’s drop-in meeting before they make their decision later this month.

They had been due to reach a decision tomorrow but this has been postponed so they can gather reaction from the meeting.

The proposals by the retail giant to open a supermarket has divided opinion in the village, attracting both supporters and objectors.

Tesco announced plans to open a store on the former Pennine Pets site almost a year ago.

People who attend the drop-in session between 4pm and 8pm at St Matthew’s Church House, in Little Lever, can also find out more details about the company’s plans.Objections include traffic issues but supporters argue that a major supermarket would transform an “eyesore”

site and be a boost for the village.

Tesco has said the store will provide more shopping choice and create about 100 new jobs, in addition to the 49 staff employed at the existing Tesco Metro.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “A highways officer will be in attendance to listen to resident’s concerns and take notes.

“The planning committee will now take place after April to give time to consider the findings from the drop-in session.“ Matt Magee, from Tesco, said: “The proposals have been well received, with 838 letters of support currently posted on the council’s website.

This highways drop-in session has been organised to provide local residents with the opportunity to find out more about the proposed changes to the local road network.”

Tesco said there were 117 letters of objection posted on the council website up to Monday.

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9:45am Wed 18 Apr 12

PDY says...

Can you stop calling Little Lever a village. It is an urban sprawl and has never been a village since 1956!!!! Some people seem to think that continually calling it a village evokes images of leafy cottages somewhere in the Cotswolds instead of a faceless one horse town between Farnworth, Radcliffe and that other "village", Breightmet
Can you stop calling Little Lever a village. It is an urban sprawl and has never been a village since 1956!!!! Some people seem to think that continually calling it a village evokes images of leafy cottages somewhere in the Cotswolds instead of a faceless one horse town between Farnworth, Radcliffe and that other "village", Breightmet PDY
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10:07am Wed 18 Apr 12

local villager says...

matter of opinion i suppose i have lived in Little Lever most of my life and it will always be classed as a village to me. On to this drop off meeting that has been organized this is not the public meeting which would be minuted and put to Bolton council which people requested at the latest area forum meeting this seems to be a cop out from councillor's at Bolton and Tesco, Tesco reps can now twist their information to their advantage and say the "majority are for this" where in fact they are not. yes it is divided but these peoples opinions count and not just brushed under the carpet by some bully boy giants that seem to like getting their own way across the country
matter of opinion i suppose i have lived in Little Lever most of my life and it will always be classed as a village to me. On to this drop off meeting that has been organized this is not the public meeting which would be minuted and put to Bolton council which people requested at the latest area forum meeting this seems to be a cop out from councillor's at Bolton and Tesco, Tesco reps can now twist their information to their advantage and say the "majority are for this" where in fact they are not. yes it is divided but these peoples opinions count and not just brushed under the carpet by some bully boy giants that seem to like getting their own way across the country local villager
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10:09am Wed 18 Apr 12

local villager says...

can i also say there has been a data base done of the 838 support letters and they are all duplicated x2 so half the figure and then deduct the phoney ones that have been put in by tesco staff as well
can i also say there has been a data base done of the 838 support letters and they are all duplicated x2 so half the figure and then deduct the phoney ones that have been put in by tesco staff as well local villager
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10:26am Wed 18 Apr 12

Undetectableman says...

It is worth noting that the so called Tesco "support" letters are distorted in several ways. They have had these distributed in store and by a Tesco funded door to door drop The area covered by this far exceeds the boundary's of Little Lever and indeed the Bolton Metropolitan Borough.
This despite assurances from Tesco at an early stage of the planning application, that the new store was for the benefit of Little Lever residents and that they would not be seeking to attract trade from surrounding areas.
Perhaps they could then explain why some of this "Support" comes from as far away as Atherton, Great Lever, Radcliffe, Bury. It is also of concern that some of the "Support" cards have been duplicated on the Planning Website and that some in fact express concerns about the proposals; which in the opinion of those who oppose the Plans actually constitute a Objection. These issues have been raised with the Planning department but to date no reply has been received. There has also been correspondence regarding the promised formal meeting with our Ward Councillors and Planning / Highways officers to discuss the Traffic Plan they have again failed to respond to this and seem only to be able to offer a Tesco run "Drop In" which was not what was agreed to at the Area Forum meeting on the 6th March 2012 and to take place within a "couple of weeks"
As can be clearly seem from Mr Richardson's letter published in this paper today this is not acceptable and could have serious implications in the validity and honesty of the planning process.
There is confusion as regards the support for this application as some who do support are in fact very concerned about the impact of the unworkable traffic proposals which have been designed to suit only Tesco's needs. Plans which will have a severe detrimental effect on the whole of Little Lever both for its residents and for those who regularly pass through the village.
It is worth noting that the so called Tesco "support" letters are distorted in several ways. They have had these distributed in store and by a Tesco funded door to door drop The area covered by this far exceeds the boundary's of Little Lever and indeed the Bolton Metropolitan Borough. This despite assurances from Tesco at an early stage of the planning application, that the new store was for the benefit of Little Lever residents and that they would not be seeking to attract trade from surrounding areas. Perhaps they could then explain why some of this "Support" comes from as far away as Atherton, Great Lever, Radcliffe, Bury. It is also of concern that some of the "Support" cards have been duplicated on the Planning Website and that some in fact express concerns about the proposals; which in the opinion of those who oppose the Plans actually constitute a Objection. These issues have been raised with the Planning department but to date no reply has been received. There has also been correspondence regarding the promised formal meeting with our Ward Councillors and Planning / Highways officers to discuss the Traffic Plan they have again failed to respond to this and seem only to be able to offer a Tesco run "Drop In" which was not what was agreed to at the Area Forum meeting on the 6th March 2012 and to take place within a "couple of weeks" As can be clearly seem from Mr Richardson's letter published in this paper today this is not acceptable and could have serious implications in the validity and honesty of the planning process. There is confusion as regards the support for this application as some who do support are in fact very concerned about the impact of the unworkable traffic proposals which have been designed to suit only Tesco's needs. Plans which will have a severe detrimental effect on the whole of Little Lever both for its residents and for those who regularly pass through the village. Undetectableman
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10:35am Wed 18 Apr 12

Undetectableman says...

PDY wrote:
Can you stop calling Little Lever a village. It is an urban sprawl and has never been a village since 1956!!!! Some people seem to think that continually calling it a village evokes images of leafy cottages somewhere in the Cotswolds instead of a faceless one horse town between Farnworth, Radcliffe and that other "village", Breightmet
I can agree that Little Lever may as you describe be part of "the urban sprawl" but it does retain its identity however the point needs to be made that its roadways have seen little or no positive improvement since it was truly a village in the days of horse and cart and this problem is going to be further exacerbated if Tesco's Proposals are allowed to go ahead
[quote][p][bold]PDY[/bold] wrote: Can you stop calling Little Lever a village. It is an urban sprawl and has never been a village since 1956!!!! Some people seem to think that continually calling it a village evokes images of leafy cottages somewhere in the Cotswolds instead of a faceless one horse town between Farnworth, Radcliffe and that other "village", Breightmet[/p][/quote]I can agree that Little Lever may as you describe be part of "the urban sprawl" but it does retain its identity however the point needs to be made that its roadways have seen little or no positive improvement since it was truly a village in the days of horse and cart and this problem is going to be further exacerbated if Tesco's Proposals are allowed to go ahead Undetectableman
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12:14pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Ktulu1 says...

I think it is a disgrace that this shoddy excuse of a formal meeting agreed at the last area forum has become a drop in session where opinions and concerns will not be documented. It just gives lip service to the residents of little lever, the ones who this will directly effect. Not the 400+ objections on the planning site (800 if you include the duplicates) which have been received from outside the area, many of which raise objections within their content! It will be a sad day should our planning committe not see sense (with ££ signs in their eyes) and allow this farse to go ahead!!
I think it is a disgrace that this shoddy excuse of a formal meeting agreed at the last area forum has become a drop in session where opinions and concerns will not be documented. It just gives lip service to the residents of little lever, the ones who this will directly effect. Not the 400+ objections on the planning site (800 if you include the duplicates) which have been received from outside the area, many of which raise objections within their content! It will be a sad day should our planning committe not see sense (with ££ signs in their eyes) and allow this farse to go ahead!! Ktulu1
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1:03pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Undetectableman says...

In addition to my previous comments.
I now write, regarding the 838 "Letters of Support" that Tesco are claiming have been submitted.
This figure is in fact incorrect as clarification from the Planning department as to how these are collated states that any "Support Card" which contains only a Name Address and Signature but no written comment is classed as and grouped together as a petition.(ie only one single support document)
Only cards received with a handwritten comment in addition to the preprinted remarks (by Tesco) is classed as an individual support document.
As can be clearly seen on the planning site there is nowhere near this number of documents listed in the whole of the application.
It is also very worthy of note that The "Say No" campaign restricted its circulation of leaflets to premises within Little Lever boundary and that these were delivered by a team of volunteers.

So think again Tesco you seem to be rather good at quoting incorrect and/or misleading information in all areas of your proposals
In addition to my previous comments. I now write, regarding the 838 "Letters of Support" that Tesco are claiming have been submitted. This figure is in fact incorrect as clarification from the Planning department as to how these are collated states that any "Support Card" which contains only a Name Address and Signature but no written comment is classed as and grouped together as a petition.(ie only one single support document) Only cards received with a handwritten comment in addition to the preprinted remarks (by Tesco) is classed as an individual support document. As can be clearly seen on the planning site there is nowhere near this number of documents listed in the whole of the application. It is also very worthy of note that The "Say No" campaign restricted its circulation of leaflets to premises within Little Lever boundary and that these were delivered by a team of volunteers. So think again Tesco you seem to be rather good at quoting incorrect and/or misleading information in all areas of your proposals Undetectableman
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