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Fears of Traffic Jams if Sainsbury's Comes to York's Hull Road

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12:44pm 24th January 2014

Plans for a new Sainsbury's on Hull Road in York have been put on public display today.

The proposed store be in the current B&Q store and include a cafe, cash machine but no petrol station.

But Graham Kennedy, who runs the Inner Space Station garage on Hull Road has launched a campaign opposing the plans, raising fears of traffic jams on the road. He says the road already experiences congestion and the land would be better used for housing.

He has also raised fears Sainsbury's will ignore local people and bully planners. The store says it will create up to 400 new jobs but Graham Kennedy says jobs will be lost from independent firms.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "Sainsbury's is consulting with the local community on plans for a new foodstore on Hull Road in York. At present, our plans include a 60,000 sq ft food store with a customer café, cash machine facilities, around 490 car parking spaces and two electric vehicle charging bays. The scheme we are consulting on does not include proposals for a petrol filling station."

"This is an excellent opportunity for Sainsbury's to bring a new foodstore to York and subject to securing planning permission, we look forward to taking possession of the site on Hull Road and bringing greater choice to the local community."

"We'd like to encourage as many people as possible to come along to our public exhibition to view our proposals. The plans will go on display at St Thomas's Church, Osbaldwick Lane, YO10 3AX on Friday 24 January from 11am-7pm and on Saturday 25 January from 11am-4pm. Please come along and have your say."

Sainsbury's have also launched a website where you can give your views on the plans and you can also contact them on 0800 319 6162

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