A proposal to build a supermarket on one of Hamilton's most
congested roads has alarmed residents who question why the council
hasn't kept them better informed.
Progressive Enterprises has filed an application with Hamilton City
Council to build a Countdown supermarket at 160 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton
The supermarket giant bought the 1.8 hectare site from Mighty River Power in February last year.
Council planning bosses have opted to process the consent on a
limited notified basis, saying the impact on the surrounding area will
be "no more than minor".
The council decision means only 27 properties are able to submit on the application.
Peachgrove Rd traverses Claudelands and Hamilton East.
Janubhai Patel, who owns the East Street Superette on the corner of
Peachgrove Rd and East St, was surprised the council decided against
informing the wider community.
Patel said his business would be affected by having a large supermarket on his doorstep.
"We will be affected because we sell similar kinds of products to a
supermarket but I think Peachgrove Rd will also get a lot busier so that
will affect the community," he said.
Three schools are located on Peachgrove Rd - Southwell School,
Hamilton Boys' High School and Peachgrove Intermediate School.
Southwell School headmaster Royce Helm said the council hadn't
notified the school of the proposal and was unsure what impact it would
have on traffic.
"Obviously we would like to be consulted and we have a view about
road safety but without any details it's difficult to comment," Helm
Judy McDonald, co-ordinator of pedestrian advocate group Living
Streets Hamilton, was disappointed schools and many residents were
denied the chance to genuinely comment on the proposal.
A large supermarket would substantially increase traffic on a road
used by a lot students walking and cycling to school, she said.
"At the very least the community should have the opportunity to look
at the plans and comment on whether or not it should go ahead,"