Lobby group wants changes to Mosgiel supermarket

Mosgiel residents have formed a pressure group to lobby for changes to the operation of the planned Mosgiel Countdown supermarket.

The group of 25 residents have banded together under the title Positively Progressive Taieri, and hired consultancy firm Sweep Consultancy Ltd to work for them.

The group's joint submission was among 14 received by the council by a February 9 deadline, eight of which opposed Countdown's $15 million proposed supermarket development on Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.

Just one submission supported the project, with the other five neutral, council senior planner Phil Marshall said.

''Traffic, parking and noise are really the top issues of concern.

''It's a residential zone and clearly there's going to be impacts on the amenity of that residential zone,'' he said.

Positively Progressive Taieri's submission called for a list of extra conditions - should consent be granted - to ease the pressure on parking, traffic congestion, noise and other potential problems.

''Most of the concerns from Positively Progressive Taieri relate to the fact that the proposed supermarket is to be situated in a residential area.

''[The supermarket] needs to be respectful of the residents' rights to enjoy the current residential character and amenity of the area,'' the submission said.

The group's concerns included fears there would be insufficient on-site parking allocated to staff, leaving many to park for long periods in surrounding residential streets.

The proposal was for 181 car parks at the supermarket, of which just nine would be allocated for the up to 50 staff expected to work there.

By comparison, the nearby New World Mosgiel had 210 car parks, of which 49 were available for the 30-50 staff working at any one time, the group said.

The group also worried the supermarket's operation would add to existing congestion on Gordon Rd, and raise safety concerns for children and pedestrians on Church St, at the back of the proposed supermarket.

''There is a primary school on Church Street.

''The traffic awareness of this age group of children needs to be considered.''

Delivery noise could also be an issue, and limits should be placed on the types and hours of retail outlets able to operate in the supermarket's planned annex, to ensure they were ''sympathetic'' to the surrounding area.

Countdown's consent application and any submissions concerning the project are due to be considered when the council's hearings committee meets at the Salvation Army building in Mosgiel from March 11-13.

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