Malton supermarket protestors take case to Ryedale District Council

Malton traders protest against plans for a supermarket at Wentworth Street car park

Malton traders protest against plans for a supermarket at Wentworth Street car park

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A DEMONSTRATION will be held outside Ryedale District Council tomorrow against plans to build a supermarket in Wentworth Street car park, which campaigners say could affect plans for a relocated livestock market.

The protest comes ahead of a march through Malton next Saturday, organised by the town’s Chamber of Trade, which claims the store would be a “detriment to independent businesses”.

Leading protestor Paul Andrews, a district councillor and deputy mayor of Malton, has also said that granting planning permission for the car park would have a detrimental effects on plans for the town’s livestock market by closing the site.

Coun Andrews said: “It is unlikely that any retail operator is going to come to the livestock market site while there is a prospect of a bigger store being built on the car park.

“In the meantime, arrangements have been made to move the livestock market to another site, but this will take time. The Fitzwilliam Malton Estate manager has made it clear that, if planning consent is granted for the car park, the Estate will reluctantly have to take immediate action to protect its interests.

including legal action against the council, and taking possession of the livestock market site, for use as a free car park. This will effectively close the livestock market for good.”

A motion, which will be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting, has been put forward by Coun Andrews together with Councillors Lindsay Burr, Elizabeth Shields and Brian Maud, requesting that the whole council makes a decision on the application and not the planning committee, which has only one representative from Malton and Norton.

The protest will continue with a march from Wentworth Street to Malton Market Place on Saturday, March 15, at 10.30am.

Denys Townsend, chairman of the Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, urged people to show their support.

“The proposed store on Wentworth Street Car Park will be a detriment to independent businesses because of the distance, albeit short, and the lack of a natural link to the town centre by comparison with the proposal on the livestock market site, which has a direct link with the town centre.”

“Long stay car parking is a vital requirement for all of those who travel to Malton and Norton for their daily work. The future available long stay car parking will not satisfy long term needs. “

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8:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

The minority pretending to represent the majority, when all they represent is their own self interest.
The minority pretending to represent the majority, when all they represent is their own self interest. Maltonian
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9:07am Fri 7 Mar 14

flyfisher says...

Good PR company and Evening Press do not seem to put the views of the quiet majority...why ?
Good PR company and Evening Press do not seem to put the views of the quiet majority...why ? flyfisher
  • Score: 4

8:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Gamer_guy says...

Protesters Get A Life! us whom live in malton need bigger and better shops etc to compete with York so stop moaning! and will bring passing trade to local shops
Protesters Get A Life! us whom live in malton need bigger and better shops etc to compete with York so stop moaning! and will bring passing trade to local shops Gamer_guy
  • Score: 3

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