The considerable amount of well-founded local opposition to the supermarket development at Nottingham Road, Ripley, has been totally ignored by Amber Valley Borough Council.
The Morrisons development will affect trade and jobs in the town centre where regeneration is urgently needed.
Potential traffic problems have not been fully addressed: construction of a larger roundabout and a minor approach road seems woefully inadequate provision for coping with the extra traffic that a successful supermarket development would generate. Moreover, surrounding roads are already congested at peak times.
Playing field provision is marginal.
Loss of green space is a vital local concern. Land at Greenwich constitutes one of a number of sites under consideration for housing development in Amber Valley when new planning regulations come into force later this year. Public consultation concerning these sites is ongoing – or so people thought. At the council meeting on the January 18, those assembled representatives of local communities in the public gallery were assured that the council was listening to local environmental concerns. Clearly they were not: the Morrisons deal was announced on the following day.
Denial of local community participation in such key decisions constitutes an assault on democracy.
Having sold the land to Morrisons, Amber Valley Borough Council is unlikely to refuse planning permission. That does not appear to be a democratic process either.
Local people are urged to support Amber Valley SOS: a non-political organisation concerned with the protection of local communities and their environment.
Mrs Janice Byron
Padley Hall Mews