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Concerns over ‘derelict’ state of Ulverston brewery site

AN alternative should be found to preserve a historic Ulverston site if plans to convert it into a supermarket fall through, a meeting was told.

Residents voiced their support for a suggestion, put forward at Monday night’s Ulverston Town Council Meeting, that the old Hartley’s site in Brewery Street be converted into houses and smaller shops.

The idea was put forward by Councillor Jane Harris, a supporter of the campaign group Keep Ulverston Special, as an alternative to building a supermarket on the site.

Robinson’s Brewery, which owns the site, received planning permission from South Lakeland District Council in April last year to build a supermarket on the land.

But after an appeal by KUS, this decision will now be subject to a judicial review at a hearing due to take place in Manchester later this year.

On Monday night Cllr Harris suggested an alternative plan should be put in place to ensure the old brewery buildings, which lie within a conservation area, are not left to deteriorate.

She said: “It was just about a year ago that Robinson’s got planning permission to build a supermarket.

“Meanwhile, the old brewery site is continuing to deteriorate and allowing that to happen does not show a tremendous amount of respect to the people of Ulverston.”

Cllr Harris added that if a judge does overturn the SLDC ruling, then the brewery could be abandoned. She said: “My fear is that Robinson’s will simply allow the site to decay even more. It seems worth making a reasonable approach to ask them to consider an alternative.”

The councillor suggested houses and smaller retail spaces could be built on the site, a proposal which has the backing of the town’s newly reformed civic society.

The suggestion was not debated or introduced as a formal motion because the future of the Brewery Street site is still subject to legal proceedings.

However, several residents used the period of public participation to give their support.

Judy Filmore said: “As Ulverston Town Council, can you please make sure that something happens regarding the dereliction of the site.

“What I want the council to do is to meet with Robinson’s to ask them that question.”

Dr Richard Rowlatt, of Greenbank, said: “The neglect of the brewery site is a disgrace and a stain on the reputations of Robinson’s and SLDC.”

Robinson’s was unavailable for comment.

Have your say

Some Ulverston town centre shops do open and close when they like because sadly many are losing interest, perhaps if they had better local support this attitude would change. Ulverston was once a busy town with thriving shops and a bustling outdoor market but times and attitudes have changed so one by one the shop keepers are giving up and closing, even the stall holders can't be bothered with Ulverston any more and go elsewhere. A supermarket on the old brewery site is a no brainer and will eventually get the go ahead irrespective of what the K ill U lverston S lowly clan do but sadly it will not be the saviour of the town centre as this is in the hands of the one stop shoppers.

Posted by Not Sheeple on 25 April 2014 at 23:24

If KUS hadn't made such a fuss the brewery sight would be being used instead of empty. If the supermarket bid fails it won't keep people shopping in the independant shops. They'll carry on going to the out of town supermarkets where there's choice and competitve prices. KUS are doing nothing for the town except for speeding up the decline that's already happening here.

Posted by Helen on 18 April 2014 at 14:19

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