Public protest in Malton over Wentworth Street supermarket plans

Gazette & Herald: SAVE OUR TOWN: The protest against the Wentworth Street car park scheme in Malton. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross. SAVE OUR TOWN: The protest against the Wentworth Street car park scheme in Malton. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross.

ABOUT 150 people joined a protest march against plans to build a supermarket on Wentworth Street car park, in Malton.

To chants of “Save our shops, save our jobs, save our town”, the protestors marched from the car park through the town on Saturday to the Market Place where a series of speeches were made.

Those joining the protest included members of MASS (Malton Against Superstore), Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, as well town and district councillors, along with representative of the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, which had a rival application to develop the livestock market approved by a planning inspector following a public inquiry.

The march was not with opposition, with one passer-by replying to the chants with, “We want a Tesco”, while another member of the public asked where the protestors expected people to shop with the increasing number of homes being built in Malton.

Denys Townsend, chairman of the Chamber of Trade, said: “Malton and Norton does not need another supermarket - we have sufficient to support to the town for the next 10 years. We will continue to fight to show Ryedale District Council that we do not want this monstrosity.”

District and county councillor Elizabeth Shields, who represents Norton, said: “Today, as you know, is March 15 - the Ides of March, in fact. This is the day on which Julius Caesar was murdered in the Senate House in Rome, 2,058 years ago. Wouldn’t it be good if we could get rid of some of the planning committee as easily as the Romans disposed of Julius Caesar?”

Fellow district councillor Edward Legard said: “There are some on Ryedale District Council who are working tirelessly to prevent this major threat. We will continue to fight to our last breath to ensure we do not get this.”

Joining the march was former TV presenter and journalist Selina Scott, who said Malton had been named this weekend as one of the best places to live in the country. “If we do not do something about this application we can kiss goodbye to that,” she said.

After the march a spokesman for developer GMI Holbeck Land said: “Already many people are travelling out of Ryedale to do their weekly shop.

“With more free car parking and a petrol station, we believe that our mid-sized family supermarket at Wentworth Street will encourage more people to shop in town.”

A date has yet to be set for Ryedale District Council’s committee to discuss the application.

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10:46am Mon 17 Mar 14

X5019c says...

Once again I despair at the indescribably poor journalism displayed by Press writers.;

An important issue facing a local town about big businesses trying to ride roughshod over public opinion with the backing of some elements of the local authority. (bit like York).

How hard would it have been to name the supermarket involved?
Once again I despair at the indescribably poor journalism displayed by Press writers.; An important issue facing a local town about big businesses trying to ride roughshod over public opinion with the backing of some elements of the local authority. (bit like York). How hard would it have been to name the supermarket involved? X5019c
  • Score: 16

10:47am Mon 17 Mar 14

Roger S says...

The other 120 people must be out of shot. Miss Scott they don't represent Malton they represent the district and this is where the egocentrism of celebrity and aristocracy must end. Malton needs a new petrol station and the district needs funds and the car park is getting bigger. Obviously your sock shop is better placed for a cattlemarket store but the issues are much wider and even you don't live in Malton.
The other 120 people must be out of shot. Miss Scott they don't represent Malton they represent the district and this is where the egocentrism of celebrity and aristocracy must end. Malton needs a new petrol station and the district needs funds and the car park is getting bigger. Obviously your sock shop is better placed for a cattlemarket store but the issues are much wider and even you don't live in Malton. Roger S
  • Score: 10

11:22am Mon 17 Mar 14

Dick Turpin says...

Over inflated figure of 150.
I counted them as they left Wentworth Street car park. There was approximately 80.
In the market place approximately 100.
Over inflated figure of 150. I counted them as they left Wentworth Street car park. There was approximately 80. In the market place approximately 100. Dick Turpin
  • Score: 6

1:04pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

Good for you people of Malton!! however I fear Tesco will invade anyhow they are gaining more and more power everyday, soon they will rule everything and it will be the only place to shop they will control every aspect of our lives by 2025.
Good for you people of Malton!! however I fear Tesco will invade anyhow they are gaining more and more power everyday, soon they will rule everything and it will be the only place to shop they will control every aspect of our lives by 2025. Teabag1
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Adrian Con says...

I wonder how many off the so called protesters used the WSCP on Saturday? I live in Malton and our street was full of cars worst than normal! If they want to save it why not use it? I also wonder how many of the so called protesters rent from the Fitzwilliam Estate and were "advised" to attend?
I wonder how many off the so called protesters used the WSCP on Saturday? I live in Malton and our street was full of cars worst than normal! If they want to save it why not use it? I also wonder how many of the so called protesters rent from the Fitzwilliam Estate and were "advised" to attend? Adrian Con
  • Score: 4

3:38pm Mon 17 Mar 14

nathaniel111 says...

Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market
nat
Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market nat nathaniel111
  • Score: 2

4:04pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

Agree with all of the above - I saw the march and there was far fewer than 100 people. The chairman of the chamber of trade is quoted as saying, "Malton and Norton does not need another supermarket"........
.......and yet they are supporting the building of one on the cattle market. The mayor of Malton talks about "saving the car park" - the new car park will have more spaces than the existing one and there will be 3 hours free parking. An ex telly presenter, who now sells socks, talks about the "thuggish behaviour of a group of people, so called representatives of the town" - I think it's a bit harsh to describe the supermarket protestors in such a way, but there you go!
If this small handful of people don't want a new supermarket, then that's fine, they don't have to shop there. No-one is going to force them - but by the same token why should they hold sway over others' shopping choices? It may surprise this out of touch small band but many people actually do their shopping in supermarkets already - I bet some of them even popped into Morrisons after their protest.
Whatever the outcome, this noisy few won't stop the majority from freedom of choice when they go shopping. If the majority can't do their supermarket shop in Malton, they'll go elsewhere. Simple.
Agree with all of the above - I saw the march and there was far fewer than 100 people. The chairman of the chamber of trade is quoted as saying, "Malton and Norton does not need another supermarket"........ .......and yet they are supporting the building of one on the cattle market. The mayor of Malton talks about "saving the car park" - the new car park will have more spaces than the existing one and there will be 3 hours free parking. An ex telly presenter, who now sells socks, talks about the "thuggish behaviour of a group of people, so called representatives of the town" - I think it's a bit harsh to describe the supermarket protestors in such a way, but there you go! If this small handful of people don't want a new supermarket, then that's fine, they don't have to shop there. No-one is going to force them - but by the same token why should they hold sway over others' shopping choices? It may surprise this out of touch small band but many people actually do their shopping in supermarkets already - I bet some of them even popped into Morrisons after their protest. Whatever the outcome, this noisy few won't stop the majority from freedom of choice when they go shopping. If the majority can't do their supermarket shop in Malton, they'll go elsewhere. Simple. Maltonian
  • Score: 7

4:30pm Mon 17 Mar 14

doltare says...

nathaniel111 wrote:
Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market
nat
This will be a Tesco sheep! what a bloody idiot York is nearly on its last legs due to Tesco, Morrison's and Alexander who has no back bone. Don't be fooled by comments supporting supermarkets as its normally muppets who work for them.
[quote][p][bold]nathaniel111[/bold] wrote: Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market nat[/p][/quote]This will be a Tesco sheep! what a bloody idiot York is nearly on its last legs due to Tesco, Morrison's and Alexander who has no back bone. Don't be fooled by comments supporting supermarkets as its normally muppets who work for them. doltare
  • Score: -14

6:28pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Igiveinthen says...

doltare wrote:
nathaniel111 wrote:
Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market
nat
This will be a Tesco sheep! what a bloody idiot York is nearly on its last legs due to Tesco, Morrison's and Alexander who has no back bone. Don't be fooled by comments supporting supermarkets as its normally muppets who work for them.
Have to agree regarding York and the number of supermarkets, they do serve the community, but should be limited so that they don't put small shops out of business, I live in York and what I hate is the number of big supermarkets opening their smaller outlets in the city centre, aren't Monks Cross and Clifton Moor big enough?, take a look at Foss Islands Road area there is a Waitrose, a Morrison's and, a Sainsbury's all within walking distance of each other, doesn't make sense to me, but that's only my opinion, others will think differently I suppose.
[quote][p][bold]doltare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nathaniel111[/bold] wrote: Well first of all it will not interfere with any jobs as it create jobs and help develop the town and open the door to more retailers to come in, Also who else thinks protest is a pile of rubbish and Malton needs to think as Wentworth street car park is being opposed and yet fritzwilliam have plans for a supermarket called booths on the livestock market , hang on a minute think its ridiculous how one party say no to Wentworth and yes to livestock market nat[/p][/quote]This will be a Tesco sheep! what a bloody idiot York is nearly on its last legs due to Tesco, Morrison's and Alexander who has no back bone. Don't be fooled by comments supporting supermarkets as its normally muppets who work for them.[/p][/quote]Have to agree regarding York and the number of supermarkets, they do serve the community, but should be limited so that they don't put small shops out of business, I live in York and what I hate is the number of big supermarkets opening their smaller outlets in the city centre, aren't Monks Cross and Clifton Moor big enough?, take a look at Foss Islands Road area there is a Waitrose, a Morrison's and, a Sainsbury's all within walking distance of each other, doesn't make sense to me, but that's only my opinion, others will think differently I suppose. Igiveinthen
  • Score: 1

8:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

dctyke says...

To everyone having a pop at tesco. Just look at all the empty shops in malton due to the fiefdom of fitzwilliam sky high rents!!!! Do you really want them to control 'their' supermarket on the cattlemarket?
To everyone having a pop at tesco. Just look at all the empty shops in malton due to the fiefdom of fitzwilliam sky high rents!!!! Do you really want them to control 'their' supermarket on the cattlemarket? dctyke
  • Score: 8

11:24am Tue 18 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

dctyke wrote:
To everyone having a pop at tesco. Just look at all the empty shops in malton due to the fiefdom of fitzwilliam sky high rents!!!! Do you really want them to control 'their' supermarket on the cattlemarket?
Dctyke has a very valid point
[quote][p][bold]dctyke[/bold] wrote: To everyone having a pop at tesco. Just look at all the empty shops in malton due to the fiefdom of fitzwilliam sky high rents!!!! Do you really want them to control 'their' supermarket on the cattlemarket?[/p][/quote]Dctyke has a very valid point Maltonian
  • Score: 7

12:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

RBofMalton says...

If you think Fitzwilliams are bad for putting the boot into local business, have you any idea of Tesco's well publisied methods? Often pressuring local suppliers to the brink and moving on to the next once they have bled them dry. To try and make out the Fitzwilliam Estate to be bully whilst inviting Tesco in your door, I have even less respect for your opinion than ever.........
If you think Fitzwilliams are bad for putting the boot into local business, have you any idea of Tesco's well publisied methods? Often pressuring local suppliers to the brink and moving on to the next once they have bled them dry. To try and make out the Fitzwilliam Estate to be bully whilst inviting Tesco in your door, I have even less respect for your opinion than ever......... RBofMalton
  • Score: -2

8:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

spottycow says...

DONT ALLOW TESCO WE I HOPE HAVE NOT GOT A LARGE TESCO IN SCARBOROUGH NOW JUST THE POXY ONE IN WESTWOOD .I SHOP AND BANK IN MALTON EVERY TUESDAY AND I LIVE IN SCARBOROUGH
DONT ALLOW TESCO WE I HOPE HAVE NOT GOT A LARGE TESCO IN SCARBOROUGH NOW JUST THE POXY ONE IN WESTWOOD .I SHOP AND BANK IN MALTON EVERY TUESDAY AND I LIVE IN SCARBOROUGH spottycow
  • Score: 1

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