Co-op considers taking over Frosts Garage, Haywards Heath

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The Co-op has confirmed it is considering taking over a converted garage in Haywards Heath which councillors said could cause significant parking issues in the town.

Mid Sussex District Council has permitted an application to change the use of Frosts Cars Ltd, in Franklynn Road, into a shop and Co-op has now revealed it is considering moving into the site.

Haywards Heath Town Council objected to this application because it said the change of use of this relatively large area to a shop would result in ‘an intensification of delivery vehicles and shoppers’ vehicles parking on-street in Franklynn Road itself’.

The council said: “Because there are insufficient delivery and parking facilities available on site, standing vehicles would interrupt the free flow of traffic along Franklynn Road and thereby add to the hazards faced by road users and pedestrians at this point.

“Bearing in mind that there is a nursery nearby and a primary school in Eastern Road, the likely increase in the number of vehicles parking on-street along this busy stretch of road would expose children, their parents and indeed other highway users to a greater degree of risk as they go about their journeys.

“Members feel that the size of the existing shop is adequate to serve the local community and there are already additional shopping facilities within easy reach of the application site.”

Daniel Bowyer, head of acquisition for The Southern Co-operative, said: “The Southern Co-operative is an independent regional business, owned by our 150,000 members, and operating solely across the south of England.

“We are continually looking to develop our estate of local community stores and petrol stations are of particular interest to us.

“The petrol station on Franklynn Road, Haywards Heath, is one of a number of sites we are considering but we are not in a position to confirm any more details at this time.

“As part of our commitment to serving the needs of local communities, we would look to maintain any petrol services provided by such sites that we acquire.”