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Ulverston campaigners reach fighting fund £5k target

CAMPAIGNERS achieved their fundraising target with time to spare ahead of a legal showdown later this year.

PROPOSAL A computer-generated image showing how a new supermarket at the Robinsons brewery site in Ulverston could look, above. The elevated view shows Brewery Street car park and supermarket.

Keep Ulverston Special have successfully raised a £5,000 fighting fund as the group prepares to make its case at a judicial review into a controversial planning decision.

South Lakeland District Council’s decision to grant brewery firm Frederic Robinson LTD permission to build a supermarket in Ulverston will be scrutinised at a hearing in Manchester in September.

In order to pay for their legal representation, KUS took to crowdfunding site indiegogo.com.

Independent traders and residents in the town opposed to the 20,000sq ft superstore in Brewery Street offered a variety of incentives in exchanges for donations to the fund.

The target was reached days ahead of the fundraising deadline on July 22.

The money will be used to meet the section of the community group’s costs not covered by legal aid.

KUS member Jane Harris said: “We are really pleased we have raised the money, it was a big undertaking and it shows that there is a lot of support for what we are trying to do.

“People are behind the challenge and recognise this is as bad development in a bad place.

“We’ll take this confidence forward into the judicial review.”

Before launching the challenge, KUS received advices from Cambridge-based environmental and public law solicitors, Richard Buxton and Co, and a specialist barrister.

The group’s legal case is based on the accusation that SLDC “failed properly to analyse, assess, consider or in any way grapple with the potential environmental effects of the development”.

Fewer than one in five planning disputes reaches the stage of a judicial review.

If the judge finds that the council did not follow proper planning procedure, SLDC could be forced to make the decision again.

Despite vocal opposition to the proposed developments, a number of residents and some business owners have argued that the supermarket could help revive retail in the town.

Pro-supermarket campaigners Ulverston Progress have stressed that families could make significant saving by not having to travel to Barrow for their weekly shop.

Have your say

I am disgusted at the amount of money been wasted on a appealing a decision,all because a few clowns on the ulverston council committee don't agree with it.We have had polls run and 75% want a supermarket in the town,so i can't get my head round the fact that kus claim the majority of Ulverston do not want a supermarket.

It's time for these councilors to step down as they keep claiming they represent me,yet i have never ever spoken to them before.

The majority of people who are trying to stop a supermarket coming to our town are in fact people who don't even live here.Then we have councilors who have moved to the area and it seems like they no more about the town and what we want more than us who have lived here all our lives.

One shop in Ulverston was a landmark called Fanny Adams sweet shop,which was bought b a kus councilor.Now did he think about keeping Ulverston Special when they decided to change this shop to an house??.

No they didn't they moved with the times and it is about time they moved with the times and got a supermarket in the town.

Posted by Mark on 23 July 2014 at 08:34

Thank you Redneck Rampage for your kind comments on our website. We are now consulting on a letter of support for the supermarket, ahead of organising a petition for it.

All the details are on our website www.ulverston-progress.org.uk where we detail all the benefits a supermarket can bring.

Our first reason for supporting the supermarket is that the government says that it is a human right to have easy access to affordable food, wwhich is not the case if we have to travel to Barrow for it.

With the problems at the Co-operative Group there is a high risk that their 2 stores could close, making what the government describe as a 'food desert' in the town.

Posted by Ulverston Progress on 23 July 2014 at 04:40

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