Campaign steps up to fight Rossett store plan

Reporter:

Rebecca Cole

A COMMUNITY is stepping up the fight against plans for a new convenience store they believe will put their children’s safety at risk.

Businesspeople and residents in Marford, Rossett and nearby Gresford fear the proposed development would make an already difficult junction even more dangerous and could result in a child being knocked down if given the green light.

Marston’s, which runs the Red Lion pub on Marford Hill, has submitted an application to build a 4,000 sq ft convenience store on part of the car park.

But the land is close to a junction between Woodlands Road and the main road, the B5445, which is also the site for two bus stops regularly used by students at Darland High and Ellesmere College.

There are also concerns that businesses in nearby Gresford would suffer as they depend on customers from Marford.

Jayne Rowlands, manager of Spar in Rossett, is now heading an action group determined to fight the proposal.

She said: “This proposal would devastate the heart of the community.

“Large multinational retailers shouldn’t be allowed to come into small villages and annihilate what matters to local businesses and residents.

“People are also really concerned for the safety of the school kids.

“That’s what we’ve been advised by residents.

“Children get dropped off there and people are worried delivery lorries and extra traffic will make the road even more dangerous.”

Campaigners have already submitted a petition against the supermarket to Wrexham Council with hundreds of signatures but that is not the end of their efforts.

“We’ve had a meeting with businesses in the area and are planning one for residents,” Jayne added.

“We’re in the process of electing a spokesman and we’ve set up a Facebook page called ‘Save Marford from the Supermarket Sweep’ to gain more support and make people aware of what’s going on.

“We’re gaining momentum and will fight this to the end.”

Marston’s confirmed a planning application to build a retail unit on surplus land at the site had been submitted but a spokesman said the company did not wish to comment further at this time.

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