Funds raised for High Street campaigners

Save our High Street campaigners Pat Wood, Treasuer, Bill Lawrence, Chairman and Sian Butcher, supporter, pictured on Mexborough market. Picture: Marie Caley S0051MC

Save our High Street campaigners Pat Wood, Treasuer, Bill Lawrence, Chairman and Sian Butcher, supporter, pictured on Mexborough market. Picture: Marie Caley S0051MC

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small business owners fighting plans for a huge supermarket in Mexborough held a fundraising day to support their campaign.

Members of the ‘Save the High Street’ group are attempting to block proposals for a £10m megastore, which they claim will drain trade away from the market and town centre.

Traders have set up a fund to help support their campaign and they raised £30 through a stall outside the market last Thursday.

Campaign chairman Bill Lawrence said: “We’re grateful to people who bought any items, which were all kindly donated to us by supporters of the campaign.

“It was a good opportunity to raise money and to update the public on what we are doing to fight plans for the supermarket.

“The money will be used to help us gather support from other groups against the planning application, and also to feed into a national camapign to stop large supermarkets taking trade away from High Streets.”

A planning application by Kier Property has been submitted to Doncaster and Rotherham Councils.

The store, set to be built on the site of the former United Carpets building on Station Road, will create upto 250 jobs.

Kier Property said they have conducted a survey which showed 70 per cent of Mexborough holuseholds travel out of the town to do their shopping. The company said their development will encourage people to shop in their hometown, which would benefit other small businesses.