Intu Withdraw Door Plans

key_intupetition_central_team.jpgAfter a petition organised by councillors with more than 1500 signatures, from both Queen's Road traders and residents, the controversial proposals by intu to block off a public highway have been withdrawn.

Developers for intu Watford previously submitted plans to Watford Borough Council to install a new pair of entrance doors at either end of the Queen's Road underpass, because they believe the road is an "uninviting space".
The new sets of doors would have created one passage between the two sections of the shopping centre, but traders fear they will create a barrier and in due course a closure of the last and final link that Queen's Road Broadway has with High Street.

Residents, traders and councillors were united in condemning the idea and two weeks ago Mayor Dorothy Thornhill asked the centre to rethink their plans and withdraw the current scheme.

Representatives for intu said they have listened to concerns and will be submitting a new application shortly.

Helen Lynch, chair of the Queens community action group, said: "intu wanted to make this part of the public highway part of their mall and stop easy access to the Broadway shops from the High Street - it really is not on. I do hope any revised ideas take on board our genuine concerns about the effect this could have on the community and shop keepers."

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst said "We have not won yet as we do not know what intu are to propose next. But they could do a lot more to make their own mall interesting for shoppers to encourage movement between the two parts of the mall without
blocking the public highway with doors. We met and told than that and I hope they listened, understand and accept our views."

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