‘A majority want store’ claims new Ulverston pro-supermarket group
Last updated at 14:44, Thursday, 03 October 2013
A GROUP in favour of a new supermarket in Ulverston has accused campaigners of “NIMBY nonsense” and branded a planned liaison committee “a disgrace”.
The independent group, Ulverston Progress, say the new superstore at the Robinson’s brewery site will regenerate the town centre.
They have labelled the anti-supermarket campaign group, Keep Ulverston Special, as “doomsayers” and accused them of over-exaggerating the negative impact the new store will have on the town’s independent shops.
The group, which claims to have around 30 active members, said in a statement: “For lack of credible evidence supporting their argument, KUS resort to the usual Not In My Back Yard NIMBY nonsense.”
Ulverston Progress is coordinated by Roger Martlew, 57, a retired accountant from Burscough, Lancashire.
Mr Martlew, whose partner lives in Lightburn Road, said he believes the majority of people in the town are in favour of the store.
“We’re looking for other like- minded people to get involved and support this development,” he said.
In response to the criticism, a spokeswoman for KUS said: “We are not clear what argument is being put forward, other than the fact that Mr Martlew is in favour of a supermarket and does not like KUS.
“He of course has a right to express his opinion, but we don’t feel it merits a serious response from us.”
Ulverston Progress, which plans to hold a public meeting by the end of the year, are also critical of the committee set up by Ulverston Town Council to liaise with the developers once building work starts.
“KUS supporters have been co-opted onto the committee.
“With the negativity shown by those involved, the general public is right to feel sceptical about whether they have the best interests of the town at heart.”
“In our opinion, the situation is a disgrace and all involved should be ashamed of themselves.”
Councillor Judy Pickthall, mayor of Ulverston said: “The building has been given planning permission. All the wrangling about statistics is now irrelevant.
“The town council is determined that this project, once signed off, should contribute to the social and economic well-being of the town.
“We believe that this can best be achieved by our working with local people, the developer, South Lakes District Council, and Cumbria County Council throughout the process.
“I am sorry that Ulverston Progress seek to undermine this open and democratic process.”
The project received planning permission in April.
It is not yet known which supermarket chain will be operating at the site.
First published at 15:50, Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Sorry we cannot be at the meeting Monday. We support ulverston Progress along with many family and friends. We hope many will attend meeting and support efforts to bring the supermarket.
I would have more respect for the Pickthalls if they were more honest about their reasons for not wanting the store at the Brewery site. It is on their doorstep but they persist in using our towns name to fight their cause. Retail shopping is appalling in Ulverston, maybe that's why they shop in the major supermarkets like the rest of us !!
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