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Belvedere: Traders' social disorder fears if supermarket gets go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 16:48 20 July 2011 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 July 2011

Shop owners Amit Patel and Dee Patel fear the supermarket could cause anti-social behaviour

Shop owners Amit Patel and Dee Patel fear the supermarket could cause anti-social behaviour

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Shop owners protesting against plans for a high street food store claim it will result in a rise in anti-social behaviour in the area.

The proposals include dividing the B&Q store, off Lower Road, Belvedere, into two separate units and developing one half into an Asda food shop. A new first floor mezzanine level would be added, the supermarket would be around 36,000sqft, include a customer cafe and create 300 jobs for residents.

A public exhibition last week gave information about the proposals and a planning application is due to be submitted by the end of August.

However, Dee Patel, of Manor Way, who owns a CostCutter supermarket in Thamesmead, said: “I fear young people congregating, drinking and causing disorder and retailers will be struggling.

“What annoys me most is that we will lose customers.

“We are the lifeblood of this community. I’ve worked hard and given a lot to it.”

A spokesman for Asda said: “We had very positive feedback at the consultation and want to work closely with local traders.”

A spokesman for Bexley council said: “A consultation process is undertaken on all planning applications. All comments and concerns are carefully considered.

“As yet, the planning authority has not received a planning application.”

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