RESIDENTS worried about a massive new Marks & Spencer on their doorstep are to voice their concerns directly to store bosses.
Stanney Oaks Community Action Group, which uses the subtitle “We Live Here”, includes people who are completely for, totally against or who have mixed feelings about the multi-million-pound development.
Plans were submitted to the borough council in June by Simons Developments for a two-storey store with decked surface car parking and new access road at land off Longlooms Road.
If M&S get the go-ahead it will see the creation of 500 jobs. The copany’s existing store on the nearby Coliseum and its staff will transfer over.
Mandy Parker, action group chairman and a Stanney Oaks resident, said: “We are a group formed not to oppose the application totally, because I don’t think that’s possible, but we want people to be aware of it.
“We are getting started on dialogue with M&S but want to put our side forward publicly.
“There are issues about safety on our roads, with the store turning our estate into a rat-run, felling protected trees on the site, community land being used for staff parking and the small size of the roundabout there.”