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Villagers fears over Co-op plan for new store in Endon

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Residents are opposed to plans to convert part of Endon Service Limited in Leek Road, Endon, into a convenience store. Pictured l-r are Terry Hambleton, Dorothy Bradbury, Brian Kirkham, Brian Barcroft, Ivy Barcroft and Mick Sharp.

  • Left to right, Terry Hambleton, Doroty Bradbury, Brian Kirkham, Brian Barcroft, Ivy Barcroft and Mick Sharp.

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FEARS have been expressed that proposals for a new mini supermarket in a Staffordshire Moorlands village would lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour.

Residents in Endon have also warned that plans submitted by The Co-operative Food Group and Endon Service Limited in Leek Road, for a change of use from a car showroom and MOT centre to a convenience store, will put school children at risk from increased traffic, and lead to a drop in house prices.

Keith Clarke, aged 56, of Springbank Avenue, Endon, said: "The biggest concern is the increase in traffic and the safety of people using the road.

"The footpath is so narrow, it is very dangerous for the children going to school. There is no crossing, the children have to take their chances.

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"At the moment there is hardly any crime in Endon, but we are going to get gangs of youths congregating outside and people drinking. Anti social behaviour is going to go up."

Craig Hargreaves, aged 49, of Leek Road, Endon, said: "My main concern is the pavement is only 18 inches outside my house."

Dorothy Bradbury, aged 88, who has lived on Springbank Avenue for 61 years, said: "Two people were killed in the past on that road when there used to be a corner shop there. They were both elderly people."

Terry Hambleton, aged 65, of Green Meadow Grove, Endon, said: "There's not one person who wants it.

"There are people who have moved to the area recently who say they wouldn't have done if they new there was going to be a Co-op. It is going to knock £20,000 off the value of our houses straight away."

The Co-operative Food Group has lodged an application with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for a change of use of the premises and for permission to serve alcohol.

The food store would open between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week, with deliveries between 7am and 9pm.

The shop would include a cash machine and a total of 26 car parking spaces for customers with a further eight bays set aside for staff.

Members of Endon with Stanley Parish Council have raised concerns over potential anti-social behaviour, opening hours, alcohol sales, and safety of children who would be walking to and from Endon High School.

Councillor Christina Jebb, who represents Endon on the district council, said: "People have got very understandable concerns regarding the traffic management, it is a very busy road, with about 15,000 cars going past during a 12-hour period.

"There is also a narrow pavement and there are worries about whether there are going to be people hanging about, especially late at night and also concerns about deliveries.

"But on the other side, there are people who are quite pleased they would have a new facility."

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