Nisa shop protesters fear Sunderland traffic chaos

High Barnes residents, left to right; James Rafferty, Ken Wilkinson, Brian Ford with his 10 year old daughter Bryanne, Dorothy Gardiner and Debra Hendry, are unhappy about the plans to convert a former bakery on Cleveland Road, Sunderland, into a convenience store.
High Barnes residents, left to right; James Rafferty, Ken Wilkinson, Brian Ford with his 10 year old daughter Bryanne, Dorothy Gardiner and Debra Hendry, are unhappy about the plans to convert a former bakery on Cleveland Road, Sunderland, into a convenience store.
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OPPONENTS to a proposed convenience store on a former bakery site claim it would be “an accident waiting to happen”.

Residents in and around Cleveland Road, Barnes, say they are already plagued by traffic problems.

Many believe a new Nisa store, at the junction with Abingdon Street, will make an already congested area worse.

They fear customers will park inconsiderately, while delivery wagons will block narrow streets.

Buses already have to navigate around vehicles parked in the bottleneck, which is home to a Spar shop close by.

One of the objectors, Ken Wilkinson, said: “During the day, Cleveland Road is jam-packed with parked cars, particularly around the exact spot where the new store is intended,

“There is little space on the main road, and it’s on a busy bus route.

“The adjacent street are too narrow.” One of the concerns involve children walking to and from the nearby Barnes Junior School, having to navigate busy traffic.

“You can imagine a child trying to see around vehicles,” said James Rafferty, of Cleveland Road.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“There have been a number of near-misses. I come down this road sometimes and you can hardly get down it anyway.

“It’s worse during rush-hour. It’s like a conveyor belt. Now it’s going to be a double conveyor belt.”

A petition against the development has attracted 340 signatures, objecting on the grounds of traffic congestion and pedestrian safety.

Planning permission to turn the building into flats is in place, but has failed to attract a developer.

A planning application for the proposed store is due to be considered by the council’s development control sub-committee on Tuesday.