Traders and residents meet to examine retail plan

BUSINESS people, residents and canal enthusiasts concerned about the implications of a planning application for a new supermarket in Coalisland, have met to examine the proposal in detail.

Following the meeting, which took place on Thursday night, one local businessman contacted the Tyrone Times to express his fears that plans to install a roundabout to facilitate the new retail development will seriously harm other traders around the town.

The trader, who wishes to remain anonymous, also claimed the plans for a new traffic flow system in the Lineside area of Coalisland, will impact upon the Washingbay Road and Maplebrook areas.

The businessman said another meeting will take place tonight, Tuesday, at Coalisland Enterprise Centre.

He invited anyone with an interest in finding out more about the proposal, including those living in the Maplebrook housing development, to attend tonight's event.

According to the business owner, "Nobody has any objections to a new supermarket which is supposedly going to provide 90 or 100 jobs. People are concerned, however, about the way the developers have gone about this.

"Having looked at the plans myself, it is proposed to change the whole road system in Coalisland so that, effectively, all the traffic will come to the front door of this supermarket, and be diverted away from the rest of the town...

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