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Businesses rally to fight Ulverston supermarket plan

INDEPENDENT business owners are offering up goods and services to raise a fighting fund to stop a new supermarket coming to their town.

Campaign group Keep Ulverston Special is seeking to raise £5,000 to overturn a decision to grant permission to build a new 20,000sq ft store in a conservation area.

In April 2013, South Lakeland District Council granted approval for Stockport based firm Frederic Robinson to build the supermarket on the old Hartleys site in Brewery Street.

But a judicial review into the decision has been ordered and will take place in Manchester later this year.

In order to raise cash to cover their legal fees, KUS have taken to crowdfunding website indiegogo.com.

They have been given the backing of several local independent businesses who have contributed a variety of incentives to encourage people to chip in. Less than a week after it started, the project has so far raised £680 of the funds needed to fight the case.

Doug Gillam, of Gillam’s Tearooms in Market Street, offered afternoon tea in exchange for a £25 donation to KUS.

He said: “It’s just to show that we are supporting it, the campaign is doing what it set out to do.

“It’s the holidays at the moment and we’ve had a lot of people in here saying how lovely it is coming to independent shops which they don’t have.

“You can get everything in Ulverston, within reason, and Barrow is only 15 minutes away.”

Valerie Madden of Natterjacks cafe and art gallery in Queen Street is offering fair trade coffee to the campaign’s financial supporters.

She said: “I’m not in favour of another supermarket in town, I think we have enough already.

“KUS needs the £5,000 to get to the next stage and I don’t mind giving a few coffees to support them.

“I think it’s a lazy way out to go for a supermarket, it won’t bring in people who will stay in the town and spend money. The buildings and the site could be used for something so much more interesting.”

Other items up for grabs include a cycling jersey from the inaugural Fred Whitton Challenge, an oil painting of Stan Laurel by local artist Sally Bamber and costume hire for this year’s Dickensian Festival.

Have your say

I wish them all the success with standing up for what they believe in. There are enough supermarkets in the area, it would make a change from the norm if independent shops and businesses were allowed to prosper than big corporations being able to yield all the business.

Posted by Phil on 30 May 2014 at 15:34

Will the traders of Ulverston that do not want the supermarket on the old brewery site please name yourselves( put a sign in your window )and let the locals know. I am a trader and welcome the possibility of an Aldi or such like on the site as it would give the majority what they want and bring more people into the town.
If the brewery plan doesn't go ahead then the Sainsburys plan certainly will and that will definitely kill the towns small shops due to the trade being taken out of town. Please will the KUS...Kill Ulverston Slowly minority group stop delaying what the majority want.
If people can't be encouraged to come into the town then the small shops will slowly close and you will then have nothing left of the centre to keep special.

Posted by Not a sheeple on 30 May 2014 at 14:49

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