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‘When is the law not the law?’

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

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A LEEK businessman is to ask leading politicians to inform him "when is the law not the law".

Roger Warrillow who owns a clock shop situated at the top of Market Place in Leek is to write to the Minister of Transport, Moorlands MP Karen Bradley, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Sybil Ralphs and also the head of planning at the authority.

The moves comes after Sainsbury's submitted a planning application seeking approval to remove a condition to complete work at the St Edward Street junction.

As part of the supermarket original planning approval three years ago to redevelop the Churnet Works off Macclesfield Road which involved constructing a large store, petrol station, industrial premises and 84 housing units, conditions were made that the roundabout be removed in the centre of town and work completed at the Buxton Road and Ball Haye Street junction and at the St Edward and Church Street junction.

Mr Warrillow said: "A condition was tied to Sainsbury's planning application which stated they could not open the store until all the road works were completed.

However they have been open 10 months and still the works is not completed.

"If I had a parking fine the district council would take me to court if I did not pay it.

"But the council has allowed Sainsbury's to open. This has broken the law.

"The council has admitted that this condition did apply.

“We were told that the removal of the roundabout condition and the road works were set in stone.

"So how can others being allowed to break the law when others have to abide by it? “I am now writing to politician as I want to know "when is the law not the law"

Last week the Leek Post revealed that the planning application to not complete the work at St Edward Street was deferred by members of the district council's planning applications committee to allow further talks to continue."

During the debate both Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council were slammed for their part in major road changes which have been described as an "unmitigated disaster for the town of Leek".

Mr Warrillow said that the traffic flow in the town had not improved since the loss of the roundabout and that some areas had become no go places for the blind and partially sighted.

He added: "Tourism is what Leek and the Moorlands area needs. Some people have been into my shop and asked what are we doing to the town as there is only one way out of Derby Street.

“A petition to restore the roundabout has alreday gained more than 1,000 signatures."


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