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Images show how Ulverston could change

THESE new images show how a new supermarket could change the face of Ulverston town centre.

The town’s supermarket war is heating up and this week, revised plans for a store on the old Robinsons brewery site were submitted to South Lakeland District Council.

The rival bid to a proposed out-of-town Sainsbury’s at the Beehive would create 200 jobs, 110 being full-time positions.

The application includes a 34,112 sq ft supermarket with an underground walkway linking it to Brewery Street car park. Robinsons also proposes renovating the car park, along with the one at Buxton Place, and altering Brewery Street to improve pedestrian access.

Tony Clowes, managing director for Positive Location Properties, said the plans are the best thing for Ulverston.

He said: “We believe we have created an attractive, heritage-rich development, offering numerous benefits and giving convenience store shoppers a reason to spend their money within the town, rather than elsewhere.”

He said careful thought had been put into the plans for the convenience of shoppers. An underground car park adds additional spaces and a short section of Brewery Street would become two-way to allow cars to exit directly onto the A590.

Mr Clowes said: “There is also the advantage that if it’s wet, shoppers can park in the dry and trolley their goods directly to their cars. If they have parked in the open they can also trolley their purchases directly to Brewery Street without having to cross the road.”

But while many in the town have called for a new supermarket, others have serious reservations.

Colin Pickthall, chairman of Keep Ulverston Special, said: “Ulverston already has one supermarket. It does not need and cannot stand another one.

“Whoever runs the supermarket would have to plunder the shops in Ulverston in order to make a living. We will be as strongly opposed to Robinsons as we were before.”

Have your say

your comments say it all Redneck,that this really is getting you hot under the collar.
I do think that Merlin chose the right word in 'Tragedy',because,this whole issue of Sainsbury's has without doubt shown Ulverston up for what it is not,and that is the real tragedy for people such as yourself Redneck,the facade has been lifted and Ulverston exposed as just another rather obscure working class town-and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that,be proud of your roots redneck-don't deny them for that is yet another tragedy.

Posted by K Hardie. on 22 January 2013 at 11:28

There are some genuine tragedies reported by the nwem, whether ulverston does or does not get another supermarket is not one of them. Unfortunate if the brewery is not chosen for development,but not a tragedy.

Posted by Redneck Rampage on 21 January 2013 at 10:43

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