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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sainsbury's plan for town

SAINSBURY’S has signalled its intention to come to Furness.

SAINSBURY’S has signalled its intention to come to Furness.
A representative of the
supermarket giant has met councillors to discuss plans for a store in the area.
Such a store would
normally create between 250 and 300 jobs. The nearest Sainsbury’s stores are in Morecambe and Lancaster.
The store would be on land off the A590 on the way out of Ulverston,
towards Swarthmoor.
Sainsbury’s had been linked with the planned redevelopment of Robinson’s old brewery site in the town centre.
But a statement from the national chain said that site was unsuitable.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “Sainsbury’s has reviewed and discounted the brewery site in Ulverston as it is not a suitable site for a food store and this remains the case. Sainsbury’s is, however, very keen to open a store in Ulverston and has evaluated all suitable sites.
“A representative of Sainsbury’s met with ward councillors for informal discussions as an initial step in understanding the community’s views on food store development in the town. Sainsbury’s very much hope to bring forward plans for a store on land off the A590 opposite the Daltongate Business Centre and, in the event of that happening, the company will, before a planning application is submitted, engage with the public in a
consultation exercise designed to let everyone have their say.
“Further details of the plans, and our consultation programme, will be available soon.”
Councillor Janette Jenkinson was among the Ulverston district councillors who met the supermarket representative for the one-
and-a-half-hour informal meeting.
She said most councillors were against the plan because of the proposed location and its potential to take custom out of the town centre.
Cllr Jenkinson said: “This site is difficult to develop, with access and issues with the A590, and it would not be
doing anything for our town centre at all.
“He did say ‘we will be doing a consultation
exercise’. I just hope that people will not think ‘oh, Sainsbury’s is coming’, but think about the issues and how it will affect the town.
“It’s very obvious that they don’t just want a store, but they want a superstore. It’s not what they call ‘basket trade’ that they want – they want ‘trolley trade’.
“If we are going to give away greenfield to a site like this, we need benefits in the town and I don’t think this will benefit the town at all.”
Fellow SLDC councillor for Ulverston, Norman Bishop-Rowe, said: “Out-of-town development is not what we’re after. Some people wander in from Booths, but this is just too far the other way.
“If they drive through the town on the A590, they’re not going to come back to Ulverston, they’re going to go straight to Barrow.
“It does concern me.”
Jayne Kendall, South Lakeland District Council economic development group manager and former Ulverston town centre manager, said: “The district council’s policy is to protect the vitality of the town centre and the site Sainsbury’s are looking at is not earmarked for retail.
“If you look at the Local Development Framework, it’s earmarked for business premises.
“Members have said, if there’s a supermarket, they would far rather see it in the town centre.”
 

Have your say

Sainsburys would be a good for the community for a start they are cheeper than booths and tesco express they would bring needed jobs to ulverston and variety also they care about the community they are in - as i friends that work for them and they are a good company to work for and they care about their staff

Posted by claire chapman on 26 July 2011 at 15:16

Get it built and take no notice of the anti supermarket brigade of Ulverston.
What a heap of dross some of these 'antis' spout such as the "towns image and heritage"and it "will ruin the market town image".
This is the way forward,its called progress.
For too long now Ulverstonians have laboured under under delusions of grandeur such as,Ulverston is a little lake land market town,in reality it never has been and never will be,we have to accept that fact about ourselves if we really want to move forward.

Posted by mally on 15 July 2011 at 13:20

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