Copy of a letter sent to Shropshire Star by the Campaign

For information – a copy of a letter sent to Shropshire Star by the Campaign

The Editor

Shropshire Star

Readers Letters

Telford TF1 5HU


Dear Sirs,


We write to put into context the article on the front page of the Star of 4 November 2011.


Representatives on behalf of Mere Park from correspondence last year with T&W Officers prior to the Planning Inquiry of August 2010,had suggested that in order to clear ‘disagreements’ between Mere Park representatives and T&W on the status of what could be sold at Mere Park , that the process of Certificate of Lawful Use (as referred to in the Star article) should be taken forward. For reasons of which we are not aware, the matter seemingly was not pursued and the Public Inquiry took place in 2010.


It appears that the matter of the Certificate is being raised again following the application for a ‘superstore’ which involves T&W for land off Station Road. However, if ,as the article says, the owner of Mere Park has refused to confirm this, then our position is that the matter needs to be resolved once and for all between Mere Park and T&W. If Mere Park already have planning permission that allows a major retailer to operate from the existing garden centre building then it is ludicrous that the Council Tax payers both of Newport and Telford as a whole should be having money wasted by T&W in promoting the superstore off Station Road.


What we want is for the decision of the Planning Inspector to be put into effect i.e. a small convenience retail store on or adjacent to the High Street. The Water Lane site still stands empty despite the fact that the Inspector was lead to believe that the majority of the land is owned by two families, one of whom said at the Inquiry they were willing to sell.


Come on T&W who is holding up the development of Water Lane. We the Council Tax payers paid towards the cost of the Planning Inquiry so is this more money wasted at a time when T&W tell us they have a black hole in the finances.


The businesses and residents of Newport are caught in the middle of these expensive games between Mere Park and T&W. It is time it stopped and both T&W and Mere Park came clean on the above.


We have the Leader of T&W Borough Council coming to the Victoria Hotel on Monday 21st November 2011.The meeting commences at 7 pm. We would urge those businesses and residents who care about Newport to attend and ask for answers on the above.


Yours sincerely,

Adrian Meredith –Telford and Wrekin Borough Councillor and Newport Town Councillor.

Patrick Beech – Chairman Newport Chamber of Commerce.

David Parker- Chairman Newport Regeneration Partnership.

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