Hadleigh: Morrisons to stage meeting on petrol station plan

The Morrisons supermarket in Hadleigh.

The Morrisons supermarket in Hadleigh. - Credit: Archant

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to hold a meeting about plans to add a petrol station to its Hadleigh store.

People living in roads near the superstore, including Boswell Lane, Lambert Close, Freeman Close, Charter Close and Oxford Drive, are worried the proposed location for the petrol station is too close to houses, and could pose a threat to their health and safety. Earlier this year, around 80 of them signed a petition stating that they believe it could have a ‘negative impact’ on the area.

Ian Wilson, of Freeman Close, said there were grave concerns about Morrisons building a petrol station “in the middle of a residential estate within 10 yards of the nearest house”.

Although no plans have been submitted, a Morrisons representative contacted Mr Wilson to confirm that they were looking at the possibility of introducing a filling station on the site.

The company has written to residents who had signed the petition informing them of the meeting, which will take place tomorrow – the same day as the application for a new Tesco retail store in the town is due to be decided.

The letter reads: “Currently, the plans are at the early stages and we would therefore like to invite you to meet us at Hadleigh Town Hall to view and discuss the plans in more detail.

“This will also provide you with the opportunity to give your feedback on the emerging scheme prior to the submission of a planning application.”

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Mr Wilson said the residents were not against a petrol station, adding: “We just think where they are proposing to put it is in the wrong place.”

He explained: “We have been pushing for it to be built on the main road, near the fire station, which we believe would be much safer.”