Businesses suffer from Malton car park indecision

Gazette & Herald: Businesses suffer from Malton car park indecision Businesses suffer from Malton car park indecision

WARNINGS that businesses in Malton are suffering from indecision over the controversial plan by Ryedale District Council to develop its Wentworth Street car park for a supermarket, were made by the town council.

Councillor David Lloyd-Williams told the council that some traders who were facing renewal of their leases by the Fitzwilliam Estate, were concerned because they feared a large supermarket could be selling the type of goods available in their shops.

“The whole of our local business sector is under threat,” he said. “I fear for the future of our shops.”

Instead, said Coun Lloyd-Williams, Malton wanted an upmarket supermarket such as Waitrose or Booths on the site of the town’s livestock market, which is planning to move to a site on the edge of the town.

It was a moral issue, he said, that Ryedale District Council could make a decision about a scheme on its own land when it would be the financial beneficiary.

“The council’s credibility will be blown to pieces,” said Coun Lloyd-Williams.

Councillor Paul Andrews said he thought that the new plan put forward for part of the Wentworth Street car park was as legally flawed as the original and it could result in a court case, following the decision by a Government planning inspector to reject the first scheme and approve that of the Fitzwilliam Estate’s plan for the livestock market.

He said had heard reports that some district council members had indicated how they would like to see some of the potential £5m Ryedale House could receive from the sale of the car park, spent in their wards.

Town clerk Mike Skehan said: “The district council should refuse the application and let it go to an appeal.”

The district council’s planning committee is expected to discuss the latest plan for the car park, submitted by Leeds developers Holbeck, as the council’s preferred developer, in the next few weeks.

The district council’s leader, Councillor Linda Cowling, said the new planning application was due to go before the authority’s planning committee next month, but no recommendation had been made by officers for councillors to consider.

She said that many local authorities decided planning applications for development on their own land. “It happens all the time and there is no question of the council acting immorally.”

She said she believed that Malton’s range of speciality food shops would be hit less by a store such as Tesco than by an upmarket company such as Waitrose or Budgens which were likely to be selling the same line of products.

Coun Cowling said she had not heard of any firm being interested so far in the Malton Livestock Market site.

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5:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Maltonian says...

Aaaaaah so that's why there are rows of empty shops in Malton - it's indecision about Wentworth Street. Now I understand.
Aaaaaah so that's why there are rows of empty shops in Malton - it's indecision about Wentworth Street. Now I understand. Maltonian

8:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NorfolknClue says...

Do businesses in Malton firmly believe a higher class supermarket won't compete with the very same produce the independents offer already, get real! Competition is healthy and may actually mean residents are able to buy what they need in Malton and not continue to disappear to York.

Why would a supermarket positioned on the livestock market closer to those businesses that it may compete with be less of a threat than one on wentworth street?
Do businesses in Malton firmly believe a higher class supermarket won't compete with the very same produce the independents offer already, get real! Competition is healthy and may actually mean residents are able to buy what they need in Malton and not continue to disappear to York. Why would a supermarket positioned on the livestock market closer to those businesses that it may compete with be less of a threat than one on wentworth street? NorfolknClue

10:30am Thu 13 Feb 14

Allan Whitehead says...

While I have no axe to grind on whether a “Supermarket” is given permission or a refusal. I do know from experience that many privately run shops will definitely be affected. One question that I feel should be asked.
Is what is the legality of the Councillors and Officer who serve as members of the planning committee? Having been a member of a planning committee in my hometown. When any application in which I had a financial interest. When my employer applied for planning permission for an extension to his premises. I had to declare a financial interest, and was not allowed to vote or speak. In those days, Councillor received an attendance allowance, which just about covered loss of earnings.

Since Councillors now receive allowances which can equal well over any loss of earnings (Unfortunately it appears to be a secret) “The Local Authorities' (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations require Local Authorities to make public schemes for members' allowances and disclose annually amounts paid to members under such schemes.”
Most authorities keep an open list.

Surely, all Councillors will have a very large financial interest in any lease or sale of land that is currently owned by the Council.
While I have no axe to grind on whether a “Supermarket” is given permission or a refusal. I do know from experience that many privately run shops will definitely be affected. One question that I feel should be asked. Is what is the legality of the Councillors and Officer who serve as members of the planning committee? Having been a member of a planning committee in my hometown. When any application in which I had a financial interest. When my employer applied for planning permission for an extension to his premises. I had to declare a financial interest, and was not allowed to vote or speak. In those days, Councillor received an attendance allowance, which just about covered loss of earnings. Since Councillors now receive allowances which can equal well over any loss of earnings (Unfortunately it appears to be a secret) “The Local Authorities' (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations require Local Authorities to make public schemes for members' allowances and disclose annually amounts paid to members under such schemes.” Most authorities keep an open list. Surely, all Councillors will have a very large financial interest in any lease or sale of land that is currently owned by the Council. Allan Whitehead

10:38am Thu 13 Feb 14

Allan Whitehead says...

2013/2014
Basic Allowance payable to all Councillors per annum £4,200
Special Responsibility Allowances
Leader of the Council £10,500
Portfolio Holders £6,300
Overview & Scrutiny Chair £6,300
Overview & Scrutiny Task and Finish Chair (pro-rata for review period) £1,050
Audit Committee (per meeting) £70
2 x Area Development Control Committee Chairs £2,100
Licensing & Appeals Committee Chair £1,260

Group Leaders (Per Member)
(If a Group Leader is in receipt of any other SRA, allowance is reduced by 50%)
£88
•Members' Allowance Payments made to each Member during 2011-12
2013/2014 Basic Allowance payable to all Councillors per annum £4,200 Special Responsibility Allowances Leader of the Council £10,500 Portfolio Holders £6,300 Overview & Scrutiny Chair £6,300 Overview & Scrutiny Task and Finish Chair (pro-rata for review period) £1,050 Audit Committee (per meeting) £70 2 x Area Development Control Committee Chairs £2,100 Licensing & Appeals Committee Chair £1,260 Group Leaders (Per Member) (If a Group Leader is in receipt of any other SRA, allowance is reduced by 50%) £88 •Members' Allowance Payments made to each Member during 2011-12 Allan Whitehead

10:57am Thu 13 Feb 14

flyfisher says...

If the spermarket is built on the old cattle market site Fitwilliam will make a fortune .If it is built on Wentworth Street site the local residents , through Ryedale District Council, will benefit. For once let the locals get some value out of a site . Obviously a supermarket is going to built one way or another and the local shops will be affected whoever comes and operates it.Agree tesco the better option
If the spermarket is built on the old cattle market site Fitwilliam will make a fortune .If it is built on Wentworth Street site the local residents , through Ryedale District Council, will benefit. For once let the locals get some value out of a site . Obviously a supermarket is going to built one way or another and the local shops will be affected whoever comes and operates it.Agree tesco the better option flyfisher

8:19am Sat 15 Feb 14

browbeaten says...

I have watched over 30 years watched the shop by shop demise of malton a once fine market town. A ride over sutton bank to the adjoining market town of thirsk no such problem exists. Reason it doesnt have a hapless self serving money grubbing set of bandits running it. Ryedale must be merged with either hambleton or scarborough. The top heavy management removed and the long suffering residents given some sort of hope of a prosperous capital town again.
I have watched over 30 years watched the shop by shop demise of malton a once fine market town. A ride over sutton bank to the adjoining market town of thirsk no such problem exists. Reason it doesnt have a hapless self serving money grubbing set of bandits running it. Ryedale must be merged with either hambleton or scarborough. The top heavy management removed and the long suffering residents given some sort of hope of a prosperous capital town again. browbeaten

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