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Gravesend market traders oppose Edinburgh House Heritage Quarter plans

PUBLISHED: 17:17 07 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:17 07 March 2013

L to R: Kamal Khan of Bag Zone, Lesley Stedman of the Market Cafe, Janet Aspinall of Pet Supplies, Peter Merritt of Market Garden Fruit & Veg, Mark Stewart of Jaco's Bazaar and Maureen Hafner of Mozro Cares Baby Wear

L to R: Kamal Khan of Bag Zone, Lesley Stedman of the Market Cafe, Janet Aspinall of Pet Supplies, Peter Merritt of Market Garden Fruit & Veg, Mark Stewart of Jaco's Bazaar and Maureen Hafner of Mozro Cares Baby Wear

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Gravesend market traders have added their voices to the growing local opposition to the plans for Gravesend's Heritage Quarter.

They join scores of residents and doctors from Gravesend Medical Centre who objected to the plans in this newspaper two weeks ago.

The application by Edinburgh House developers has been submitted to Gravesham Council.

Stall holder, Janet Aspinall said: “The Edinburgh House application will do nothing to sustain, let alone regenerate this part of Gravesend and we need a plan for the whole town.

“The small businesses in the Eastern Quarter will suffer because we would be deprived of parking for our customers.

“It is all about forcing shoppers to park, and therefore shop, in the St George’s Centre, which just happens to be owned by Edinburgh House.

“Obviously they want to get the best for their own shopping centre and the businesses that rent from them, but that is just not fair on the rest of us in Gravesend. Until a more positive proposal comes up, we will continue to oppose this development.”

The Reporter contacted Edinbugh House this afternoon and is awaiting a response.

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