Say No to Wetherspoons in St Martins Walk
Please make sure you write a formal objection to the planning application as well as signing this petition. (Link is below.)
Wetherspoons have applied to put a new pub in St Martins Walk in Dorking. The planning application shows they wish to use the 5 units currently used by Burgandy & Black, Beatitudes, Studio 33, Calli's Corner and Millets. (forcing these businesses to close or find other suitable premises, if they can.)
Not only will this affect these small businesses (excluding Millets) but it will also greatly affect the local pubs in and around Dorking. As well as this, there are concerns from some that it will increase crime in Dorking due to some of the kind of clientele a Wetherspoons might attract.
With many homes and flats nearby that house elderly residents and young families, it will also create a lot of noise pollution not only while open, but with people loitering in the St Martins Walk carpark after hours.
Vandalism to the surrounding areas including the car park, nearby play park as well as possible damage to residents and businesses vehicles will likely increase as well.
I feel this is an unsuitable plan, if a Wetherspoons really must open in Dorking (I personally don't like the idea) I'm sure there are better locations they can apply for, (given that they have no guilt pushing other small businesses out,) they could potentially aplly anywhere else in town.
Anyone who wishes to make the council aware of their views concerning the new plans can both comment on the planning application and email them by clicking the link below.
Please also sign the petition if you agree that we should say No to
Wetherspoons in St Martins Walk, Dorking. I will take the results of the
petition to the council and hope that it helps back the comments and
emails sent to their planning department.
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