Planning inspector approves controversial cameras at Telford Supermarket

Planning inspector approves controversial cameras at Telford Supermarket

The planning application for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to be sited at Lawley Morrisons was referred to the planning inspector, who has approved the plans on appeal.

Local Councillors and residents have been fighting the proposal, claiming the car park was supposed to be an amenity for all the shops and businesses in the area, not just Morrisons.

One resident said tonight “…the planners don’t care that birchfield way will be a nightmare, children will have to dodge traffic, the bus already gets stuck trying to get through – but people’s safety on the highway doesn’t matter as long as Morrison’s can charge you for the carpark”

“Essentially it’s free for upto 3 hours but here’s the catch, no return within 24 hours”

The planning inspector said that the impact on local traffic was not important “It has been indicated that, if permitted, the erection of the ANPR camera would impact on the surrounding highways network and infrastructure, and would prejudice the safety and free flow of highway users. This matter is not material to the appeal.”

Will this stop you using the car park?

24 thoughts on “Planning inspector approves controversial cameras at Telford Supermarket

  • July 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    Stop shopping at morrisons Lawley simple and any other shops there maybe when trade drops they will remove them Wellington was the same people boycotted it when parking charges were introduced !!!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Going to charge the residents that have car parking spaces on that Car park as well….. Okay then

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    So if i go to the gym in the morning & nip into Morrison’s to get a sandwich/coffee to take to work I then can’t go back in the evening to do more shopping??? Insane!!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Proper kick in the teeth for the shops down there. I was told it was for Lawley not Morrison’s.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    Supposed to be the overspill for the doctors so that is not great if you have to go back within 24hrs

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    • July 18, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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      Perhaps they could spend the money on the turning into Morrison’s at the lights
      Bad design with all that money spent.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    The local schools try to encourage parents to park and walk from there. Can’t do that anymore. Arrive at 835 one day and 830 the next and you get a fine.

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    • July 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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      Oh well that’s effectively stopped me using the buisness located around the supermarket.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Alex ‘hutch’ Hutchinson-Collier Laura Douglas James Douglas Kirsty Shannon

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Morrisons have lost my business, I live in Lawley and I don’t want a company at the centre of our community that clearly doesn’t care about the community it serves. I feel for the staff there as they are amazing and good people, but unfortunately work for a company that seems to have lost sight of what’s important.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    If only Morrisons could be hit in the pocket by folk not shopping there. This is terrible news for community groups such as the running club, the other shops. I park there when I get chips, to avoid making birchfield worse, however the no return rule means I would have to use birchfield if I had popped in to the shops already that day. I guess the folk using the gym will have to stay parking on the gym car park as well, hopefully they will go back to blocking the Morrisons delivery lorries like when the gym first opened!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Can’t even pop to the cash machine in the morning and then pop in to the shops on the way home from work now.

    Goodbye Morrisons. Won’t be shopping there in the future

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  • July 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Was always meant to be a community car park I thought. If it is Morrisons I can understand time limit but same problems will apply as those at Asda. No return isn’t good enough – apart from gym use etc we need to return if forgotten anything.

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