Plans to transform the site of a former school in Telford into a new community shopping area have been welcomed this afternoon.
The scheme for Madeley Court includes a KFC restaurant, large non-food shop and another two units for either a dentist or optician. The plans are recommended for approval this week.
Councillor Gill Green has welcomed the plans for the former Madeley Court School and Leisure Centre.
But she has also asked that an £87,000 contribution by developers to highways work will be used in the town, and not spent elsewhere in the borough.
“I welcome the investment and employment opportunities but we seek assurance that longstanding local issues will be addressed,” she said.
“The contribution that the developer is being asked to make will most likely go into a central pot and will probably be used in Telford town centre.
“The facilities there are going to be good for the borough, but we would like to see Madeley finished as well.
“We would like a pedestrian crossing put in and there are some parts of the work that took place last year that still need finishing off.”
Councillor Green said the KFC drive-through takeaway was also likely to prove very popular. And she said she was pleased that the site was going to be reused for community services.
She also asked planning chiefs to consider extended opening hours for the surgery to help people who need to fill prescriptions.
“I am mindful that, should residents in south Telford require a prescription out of hours then a trip to Asda or Tesco in the centre or north of Telford can be most difficult for those without access to a car. I hope consideration will be given to the opening hours of the pharmacy where emergency prescriptions can be dispensed,” she said.