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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Ulverston supermarkets furore approaches high noon

ULVERSTON is set for a supermarket showdown at the end of the month to decide the future of shopping in the town.

Rival supermarket plans have divided the town but applications from Sainsbury’s and Robinsons are both due to be heard by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee on April 25.

A decision will put an end to the lingering uncertainty over the town’s future that has prompted strong responses from different sections of the community.

Campaign group Keep Ulverston Special has been vocal in its opposition to both stores, maintaining that either would have a devastating impact on existing traders in the town.

Others, meanwhile, believe the convenience of a local reasonably priced supermarket would persuade people to shop locally instead of driving to Barrow, benefiting residents and traders.

Colin Pickthall, chairman of Keep Ulverston Special, said he feared people were resigned to an either or situation.

He said: “We have got to keep on fighting – we are up against it, that’s for sure. This is like David against two Goliaths and it’s an uncomfortable position.”

However, supporters of a new supermarket maintain they are in the “silent majority”.

There have been a number of comments on the Evening Mail website in support of a new store, while a petition backing the Sainsbury’s proposal has attracted more than 400 signatures since it was launched in February.

SLDC has received a huge number of responses to both applications. Concerns have been raised in both cases about the impact of a supermarket on Ulverston town centre and increased traffic.

However both applicants have repeatedly insisted that their plans have been carefully devised to ensure their stores will have a positive effect on Ulverston.

The Sainsbury’s plans for a store at the Beehive, just off the A590, and Robinsons’ application for a supermarket at the former brewery site were both recommended for rejection by Ulverston Town Council.

However, the final decision rests with the SLDC planning committee.

Have your say

Its high time Ulverston was dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century, never mind the 21st.

Posted by Gill Banks on 16 April 2013 at 18:36

If the brewery site option was to go ahead, Has anybody any idea who would 'OWN' tank square car park,? will it be retained by SLDC ? or sold to the Developer ? and would the hidden Beck that runs under Tank Square car park be diverted or aqua-ducted through the deep level car park proposal ? just curious about whether SLDC might view the Brewery development preferable as a huge prospective cash cow for parking? and also what the risks of flooding might be upstream in the town if the beck were to be diverted.? Bear in mind the beck is already running at max capacity during heavy rains.

Posted by Ulverston Fella on 16 April 2013 at 12:22

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