Home   Maidstone   News   Article

Anger at Kwik Fit plans


More news, no ads

LEARN MORE

Bob Kitchin
Bob Kitchin

by Chris Hunter

chunter@thekmgroup.co.uk

Is it wise to put an exhaust centre and garage next to a beauty salon?

Well the mechanics probably won’t mind, but Bob Kitchin fears the plan to put a Kwik Fit garage next to his hairdressers, Scissor Sisters, in Loose Road, Maidstone, could badly affect his business.

Kwik Fit was granted planning permission for a new sign last month, but doesn’t need permission to change the use of the site, which was previously leased out as a motorbike shop.

Mr Kitchin says planners should reconsider as the situation in Loose Road has changed and a garage would make the area treacherous for pedestrians.

“It’s not the sort of thing you should put next to a hairdressers,” he said.

“North Loose Residents Association have raised concerns too. There are traffic lights here, a shopping parade, a bus stop and a park at the back - there are a lot of pedestrians around.”

But a council spokesman said: “The planning authority has no powers to reconsider the use of this site.

“There was a garage on the site more than 40 years ago, so there has been no change of use.”

A Kwik Fit spokesman added: “We appreciate the concerns about potential increased traffic, but in reality, the number of vehicles will be a lot lower than for other types of retail businesses.

“We are making a significant investment in the centre and our aim is to be good neighbours.”

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More