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CO-OP SUBMIT HARTWELL PLANS

vauxhallgaragecarisbrookeThe Co-Operative have this week submitted plans to the Isle of Wight Council to transform a car garage into a convenience store, as previously mentioned by Island Echo.

The planning application states that part of the existing building – formally Hartwell Vauxhall and now Carisbrooke Garage – will be demolished, however alterations will also be made and extensions are set to be added to the rear and side of what would become one of many Co-Operative stores in the Newport area. A new shop front and the installation of an ATM would also take place, should the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Department approve the development.

Up to 20 jobs are expected to be created, both a mix of part time and full time positions.

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Following a recent meeting with Newport West’s Cllr Chris Whitehouse, The Co-Operative are said to have incorporated into their application provision the installation of a pelican crossing over Carisbrooke Road to allow a safe means of crossing for pedestrians, including pupils from nearby schools, from the south side of Carisbrooke Road to the north at a cost of around £110,000.

Speaking on planning application, Cllr Whitehouse, said:

“I recently convened a meeting with representatives of the Co-operative Group and their planning consultants, to which we invited representatives of the five schools based in and around Wellington Road Newport which lies at the heart of my ward of Newport West.

“I raised concerns about traffic management, parking and road safety given the literally thousands of children who attend school in and around Wellington Road on a daily basis and the impact that school run traffic already has on my local residents.”

Talking about the news of a new pelican crossing, Chris continued:

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“This is a welcome addition to the application the details of which will now be considered on their merits by officers and elected members.

“For my own part, I’ll be looking at the details very closely before reaching any view and consulting widely with the residents of Newport West, because there remain many, very real concerns about road safety and traffic management in what is already a congested area at key times of the day.”

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