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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dalton businessman tells Ulverston: "We'll have your supermarket if you don't want it."

THE chairman of Dalton Traders and Business Association has told Ulverston: If you do not want a new supermarket, we’ll have it.

A planning application for a “high-end” supermarket on Robinson’s old brewery site in Ulverston has been criticised by many of the town’s residents, traders and councillors.

Sainsbury’s statement of intent to build a supermarket on land facing Daltongate Business Park on the outskirts of Ulverston has also prompted significant concern.

Many of the worries have centred on threats to existing businesses and potential highway problems.

But Dalton traders spokesman Tim Bell, owner of Crown Court House in Market Street, believes a supermarket, particularly Sainsbury’s, would benefit Dalton.

The former Barrow borough councillor has highlighted farmland opposite Crooklands Garden Centre as a good potential site.

He said that location had in the past been earmarked as a site for a new car park for South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

Mr Bell said: “If Ulverston don’t want thesupermarket, we would like it in Dalton, on that field. We’ve got nothing to lose.

“It’s an A1 position. It’s like a corner field. I definitely think it’s a good idea, whether inUlverston or Dalton. And I think Sainsbury’s would be absolutely fantastic for Dalton and, obviously, it saves people travelling all the way to Barrow to go shopping.

“It would effectively stop the leakage to Barrow.”

Mr Bell said attracting traffic in that direction off the A590 could also bolster ongoing plans for a tourist route into Barrow – rather than sending traffic in via the industrial route.

He said: “If it’s in Dalton, it’s pretty much off the A590 on the roundabout.

“We’re trying to get a tourist route so people come through Dalton, pass the castle, go along Abbey Road and enter Barrow through thatgateway past Emlyn Hughes House.

“That way it would be taking people in to the town centre, and not the other way towards the supermarkets.”

The Evening Mail was unable to contact the owner of the land suggested by Mr Bell as a potential supermarket site.

Have your say

Reading these comments I'm not all that surprised nothing happens in this area without a fight.
Doing the 'big shop' in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons in Barrow is a nightmare - the road access is dangerous, with walk lights just after roundabouts is a disaster.
Similarly, in Ulverston, developing a supermarket at the 'Tank Roundabout', is another classic Furness planning fiasco.
Then there are the obvious but poorly supported tourist attractions, and the superb work of Mr Gill at the wildlife park is an under supported achievement.

Still I hope that the planning application disaster that befell Sainsburys is not an indication of the continuing economic demise across the local economy.

Posted by Rodger Bradley on 6 May 2013 at 20:50

I would like to ask Mr. Bell how many Dalton traders he represents ? I beleive HE is the only active member of the association.. I am a Daltonian born and bred here unlike Mr. Bell. I treasure the green space around the town. His proposal is ridiculous and without any thought. Another supermarket would be the death of the remaining shops in town. Sainsburys could sell plants and open a cafe that would affect Crooklands Garden centre...We have a very good and adequate supermarket provision in the form of the co-operative store.Just more contoversy from Mr. Bell and his like and not enough genuine intelligent suggestions

Posted by k.hardman on 1 August 2011 at 19:26

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