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By Ollie Clokie,
Chairman of G4 Residents Association
Two years ago Guildford had a day centre for old people – somewhere they could pop into and have a cup of tea, see a chiropodist or maybe learn how to write an e-mail. Now they’ve been booted out and the building has been flattened in preparation for a new supermarket. The day centre and the service it provided have not been replaced.
We now have a proposal for a supermarket with access that is dangerous and will cause more traffic chaos in Guildford.
Our grandparents have been abandoned and our children are more likely to be hit by a car, but we can buy more stuff more easily. Wonderful!
Readers may have enjoyed the opportunity to go along to the Guildhall to see what Waitrose are proposing, although many people living near to the development had no idea that such an exhibition was going on. In fact, as chair of a neighbouring resident’s association I had no idea until a friend mentioned it on her facebook status.
Apparently our association was “on their list” but without contact details – so what’s a multi-million pound supermarket chain to do? (Tip to Waitrose – Google is your friend.)
Residents associations aside, as someone who lives within 50 metres of the site, why was no letter sent to me or anyone else to the North of York Road?
It’s a good job facebook exists otherwise this lack of communication would have robbed me of the opportunity to have my views ignored.
Many parents from Sandfield Primary School are appalled at the proposal to fill in the underpass and introduce up to four more crossings on their journey to school. Underpasses aren’t very nice at night time, but how many children have been run over in them on their way to school?
Unless York Road is pedestrianised (there’s an idea), the underpass will remain the safest way for many of us to get our children to and from school. It is also used by many people with restricted mobility. None of us want to be trapped on a series of traffic islands in the pouring rain waiting for little green men to appear.
Parents at Sandfield Primary and other local residents have repeatedly tried to get something done about the dangerous crossing that exists beside the school. We have always been told that making it safe for our children would be too inconvenient for motorists. There have been mumbled promises about making it safer as part of this development, but nothing appears in the presentation.
To add this extra supermarket traffic to an already congested area is astonishing and inconsistent with what we have been previously told. To then force our children to play real life Frogger* on their journey to school is, to many parents, an outrage.
Let’s hope Waitrose are better at listening than our Borough Council, and go back to their drawing boards to think up something safe.
* – a computer game from the 80′s. A simulation is here – http://www.frogger.net/
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