Chance to air supermarket concerns

Don Stewart pictured with his dog Jack, is angry about a new proposal to esclude dogs from certain areas. Picture: Marie Caley S4186MC
Don Stewart pictured with his dog Jack, is angry about a new proposal to esclude dogs from certain areas. Picture: Marie Caley S4186MC

Epworth’s residents and traders will have the chance to speak out about plans for a new supermarket at an Open Public Meeting next week.

The meeting to be hosted by Epworth Town Council will be at the large room within the Imperial Hall from 7pm on Wednesday, May 29, to give members of the public the opportunity to discuss proposals by Tillbridge Developments and McCarthy and Stone.

A supermarket scheme for the Holmes and Gardens site off Belton Road, also includes sheltered accommodation, luxury homes, a doctors’ surgery and car parking.

Coun Don Stewart, chairman of the Town Council, said: “At last month’s Annual Assembly of the council, and at the last full council meeting, there were a number of people calling for a public meeting to discuss the proposition.

“It is in the wake of these calls that we have decided to facilitate a meeting on the development proposals.”

Concerns included whether the current infrastructure around Epworth would be suitable for growth, and any resulting major increase in traffic.

Coun Stewart said: “Epworth Town Council can make no decisions until a planning application is submitted. Personally, I would hope that the public meeting will spark the formation of an action group to probe and question what is suggested, so that a clear idea is formed.

“A few years ago proposals for housing and light industrial development in the same area by Yorkshire Forward were refused after an action group was formed and people objected.”