THE B&Q superstore and warehouse in Hull Road in York is set to close and be replaced by a Sainsbury’s supermarket, it has been announced.
Sainsbury’s will create around 300 new jobs, while the DIY giant B&Q will look for an alternative site in the same area and will keep its other York store at Clifton Moor, the companies said in a joint statement.
B&Q has notified staff at the Hull Road store of its plans.
An aerial plan of the corner of Watts Lane and Newmarket shows the location of the proposed new supermarket, including the exit from its car park directly onto Watts Lane which residents fear will end up being used as a rat run.
While I can sympathise with the residents’ concerns this has always been a road that is privately owned and not maintained by the local authority. As a gesture of goodwill in the past, we have put in speed reduction bumps, and surface dressed the carriageway but unfortunately this isn’t something we’re in a financial position to help residents with now.
There is nothing to stop residents bringing the road up to specification for adoption by the local authority. We’d urge residents if they do have any concerns regarding the planning application to share this as part of the formal consultation process with the district council.”
Residents living on an unadopted road in Louth say they will close the street if plans for a nearby Sainsburys Local are approved. They are worried that shoppers will leave the store and use Watts Lane as a rat-run instead of turning onto the busier main road, Newmarket.
The road in question is riddled with potholes but people living on the street are worried it will deteriorate further if the council approves plans for the development.
Lincolnshire county council says it would consider adopting the road if residents were able to bring its surface up to standard.