Campaigners in Glamis Road, Newquay, are fighting plans for a new Newquay superstore being built, which they claim will ruin the local area.
The protest group – Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) – has been created to fight Tretherras School’s plans to sell off part of its land to a major supermarket, thought to be Tesco.
It is believed the school wishes to sell off The Hexagon Theatre, Happy Days Nursery and the old junior school section to make way for the multi-million-pound store.
And those living on Glamis Road – which could form the entrance road to any new store – gathered in the rain on Monday night to vent their anger at the plans, at a meeting convened by Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Tretherras, Pat Lambshead, who said: “If they use this road for access to the supermarket or houses, it will be untenable. Could you imagine a lorry making a delivery going up this road?” asked Councillor Lambshead.
“I’ve been assured by Tretherras’ head of governors, Richard Simeons that this road would not be used for the supermarket but could be used for a housing development – should that be built in the fields near Glamis Road.”
Glamis Road resident Ron Wakefield said: “RAID is not anti-Tesco, it’s anti any development on that land. The shops on Chester Road are the only ones in Newquay that are decent and we want this area’s character preserved.”
Members of RAID will meet again on Friday, at 6.30pm outside 25 Glamis Road, to learn how Mr Lambshead’s meeting with the school went and are urging more people to attend.
The group has organised a public meeting, at Newquay Sports Centre on Tuesday, July 5 from 7.30pm to gauge opinion.
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