Petition Launched to Oppose Plans for New Malton Supermarket
9:18am 20th February 2014
(Updated 9:24am 20th February 2014)
A new group has been set up to oppose plans to build a new supermarket on Malton's Wentworth Street car park.
The Malton Against Super Store (MASS) group are against the plans to build a 50,000ft supermarket, of around the same size as the Morrison's in Malton, and petrol station on the Wentworth Street car park.
Emma Brooksbank from MASS tells Minster FM why the group prefer an alternative proposal for a Waitrose or Booths to be built on the town's Livestock Market.
Wentworth Street developers GMI Holbeck have hit back saying their plans for a second supermarket in Malton to challenge Morrisons and for a new petrol station are popular with "working people" in the town.
Ian Barraclough is from GMI Holbeck:
Ian Barraclough also added in a written statement:
"We believe that a new mid-sized supermarket at Wentworth Street, similar in size to the existing local Morrison’s store, will bring big benefits to the local community and economy. As well as providing a new petrol station, the store will also create over 200 new jobs. With a larger and improved car park offering 3 hours’ free parking, our store would provide a further reason for people to visit Malton to do their weekly shopping."
"Ryedale residents are already shopping in supermarkets, but many travel to York or Scarborough to do so. And probably take advantage of supermarket fuel offers while they are there. Indeed, our retail assessment shows that currently 32% of food shopping, worth £31 million a year, is done elsewhere."
“We would ask residents to visit our website www.thewentworthproject.com to learn more about the plans before passing judgement. With an increasing population, Malton’s retail offer cannot afford to stand still. After all, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer’s are about to make Monks Cross an even more attractive retail destination.”
You can see more details on both the plans for Wentworth Street and the plans for the Livestock Market in the below videos.
Wentworth Street Car Park Supermarket Video - GMI Holbeck
Malton Livestock Market Plans Video - Fitzwilliam Malton Estate
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