We have had a small but welcome victory for the people. Thank you to Lidl for listening.
When the plans were submitted for the extension of Stoke’s Lidl store into the former Iceland shop, as is often the case, pedestrians were not given very high priority. This has always seemed to me to be strange as almost every motorist is a pedestrian once they leave their vehicles. It is also better for drivers to know where they are likely to encounter pushchairs, wheelchairs and people on foot.
I raised this issue with a sympathetic planning department and the result is a redesigned entrance. I argued that this store attracts a high proportion of pedestrians either coming from the town centre to the North or the terraced streets to the South.
The drawing above shows the new entrance and marked crossing point. I hope it makes it safer for all