Coulsdon Aldi withdraws application to remove free parking
19/11/2015 16:50:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
A few years ago when the previous Conservative administration allowed Aldi to construct a new store on the site of the old Red Lion pub, many residents were concerned that it would add to the parking woes of the town. To aid this, Aldi agreed to a planning condition that would ensure that local residents could park in the car park of the store for up to 90 minutes whether they shopped there or not.
This was a great victory for residents and Councillors and a much appreciated gesture of good faith to the community from Aldi. It would help all local businesses and provide valuable spaces to park in the town.
But a few weeks ago Aldi submitted an application to Croydon Council's planning department to retrospectively remove this condition - effectively reneging on the agreement they'd made with the people of Coulsdon before they built the store.
It was understandably met with fierce opposition, from myself and Chris Philp MP, and many residents: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Aldi-branded-sneaky-disingenuous-u-turn-Coulsdon/story-27817917-detail/story.html
I had registered to speak against their plans at the planning meeting next Thursday, but I have just now been informed that Aldi have withdrawn their application,
This is obviously fantastic news. I don't know yet the exact reason why, but their u-turn is to be welcomed. They have hopefully realised, after many concerns were expressed by locals, that they are an important part of our community. For Aldi to go back on what was a key plank supporting their presence in the town would be insulting the intelligence of Coulsdon residents.
Thank you Aldi for withdrawing your application, hopefully the commitment they've made to Coulsdon won't be tarnished by a future attempt to take away the good faith agreement that led to their store opening in our town in the first place.