Campaigners against Wentworth Street car park supermarket plans organise town march

Gazette & Herald: Protestors fighting again the supermarket proposals outside Ryedale District Council Protestors fighting again the supermarket proposals outside Ryedale District Council

CAMPAGINERS against plans to develop a superstore and petrol station on the Wentworth Street car park in Malton are to hold a march through the town on Saturday after failing in a bid to have the full Ryedale District Council vote on the plans.

A motion was put forward at last Thursday’s full council meeting arguing that it was not right to leave such a contentious issue to the council’s planning committee where members of Malton and Norton were under represented.

But opponents branded the move as an insult to members of the committee. There was also concern that such a move could lead to more expensive legal arguments.

The motion was put forward by Councillor Paul Andrews and seconded by Councillor Lindsay Burr, but it was defeated by 15 votes to 12.

Before the meeting began more than 30 people protested outside with placards saying “Save Our Shops”. They included councillors, traders, residents and representatives of Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, which has had a rival application to develop the livestock market approved by a planning inspector following a public inquiry.

The committee chairwoman, Councillor Janet Frank, stressed the debate should centre on whether it was appropriate for the full council to discuss the issue rather than the planning committee and at that stage they were not there to discuss the merits of the application.

Coun Burr said that as it involved selling one of the council’s assets, it would be more democratic for all the district’s councillors to take the decision.

But Councillor Caroline Goodrick said the about proposal: “It questions the integrity and honesty of every hard working member of the planning committee and personally I find it offensive.”

Speaking after the meeting Coun Andrews said: “Clearly it is up to all council taxpayers to demonstrate and show the council we will not accept this wanton abuse of power .

It is important that as many people as possible turn up to the march.”

The march will take place on Saturday, starting at 10.30am from Wentworth Street car park.

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12:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Barry Kripkey says...

I appreciate the Fitzwilliam estate give you a lot of advertising revenue, but your constant advertising of the views of a tiny minority of the people of Malton is destroying your credibility as professional journalists. You KNOW that the Estate seek to profit themselves from selling land to a supermarket, and just want the money for themselves instead it going into the council's coffers (and therefore the PEOPLE'S coffers) and yet you ignore this over and over again.

How about some proper journalistic backbone G+H?
I appreciate the Fitzwilliam estate give you a lot of advertising revenue, but your constant advertising of the views of a tiny minority of the people of Malton is destroying your credibility as professional journalists. You KNOW that the Estate seek to profit themselves from selling land to a supermarket, and just want the money for themselves instead it going into the council's coffers (and therefore the PEOPLE'S coffers) and yet you ignore this over and over again. How about some proper journalistic backbone G+H? Barry Kripkey
  • Score: 8

6:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

I notice a letter in the G&H against the scheme from a certain titled "lady", who happens to live miles away from Malton. So the aristocracy don't shop in Tesco and don't want the rest of us to. Another well known councillor writes that the supermarket will be "bog standard". To these out of touch individuals I want to say "welcome to our world - most have us only have the income to shop in "bog standard" supermarkets - it stops we peasants from starving to death!
I notice a letter in the G&H against the scheme from a certain titled "lady", who happens to live miles away from Malton. So the aristocracy don't shop in Tesco and don't want the rest of us to. Another well known councillor writes that the supermarket will be "bog standard". To these out of touch individuals I want to say "welcome to our world - most have us only have the income to shop in "bog standard" supermarkets - it stops we peasants from starving to death! Maltonian
  • Score: 6

6:55am Thu 13 Mar 14

maltonmum says...

I'm afraid all this shouting and protesting is only getting my back up and forcing me support the Wentworth Street development more and more. Like Maltonian says, and i have said previously, us working families want affordable shopping and good competition brought to the town so we don't need to travel to York for our shopping. What is so wrong with that! Those who can afford to choose where they shop will continue to shop at the independent retailers regardless of a new supermarket. Meanwhile the rest of us will have more affordable shopping in a time when money is tight.
I'm afraid all this shouting and protesting is only getting my back up and forcing me support the Wentworth Street development more and more. Like Maltonian says, and i have said previously, us working families want affordable shopping and good competition brought to the town so we don't need to travel to York for our shopping. What is so wrong with that! Those who can afford to choose where they shop will continue to shop at the independent retailers regardless of a new supermarket. Meanwhile the rest of us will have more affordable shopping in a time when money is tight. maltonmum
  • Score: 7

9:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

maltonmum wrote:
I'm afraid all this shouting and protesting is only getting my back up and forcing me support the Wentworth Street development more and more. Like Maltonian says, and i have said previously, us working families want affordable shopping and good competition brought to the town so we don't need to travel to York for our shopping. What is so wrong with that! Those who can afford to choose where they shop will continue to shop at the independent retailers regardless of a new supermarket. Meanwhile the rest of us will have more affordable shopping in a time when money is tight.
Maltonmum is absolutely right. I am able to shop in Malton after 6 in the evening and on a Sunday because of work commitments. The independent food retailers in the town are all firmly shut at these times so I couldn't give them my trade even if I wanted to. Malton is fine for the retired and the titled who are not tied up with work every day - but for those of us in jobs we need decent supermarkets which open evenings and weekends. That's how life is for many of us.
[quote][p][bold]maltonmum[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid all this shouting and protesting is only getting my back up and forcing me support the Wentworth Street development more and more. Like Maltonian says, and i have said previously, us working families want affordable shopping and good competition brought to the town so we don't need to travel to York for our shopping. What is so wrong with that! Those who can afford to choose where they shop will continue to shop at the independent retailers regardless of a new supermarket. Meanwhile the rest of us will have more affordable shopping in a time when money is tight.[/p][/quote]Maltonmum is absolutely right. I am able to shop in Malton after 6 in the evening and on a Sunday because of work commitments. The independent food retailers in the town are all firmly shut at these times so I couldn't give them my trade even if I wanted to. Malton is fine for the retired and the titled who are not tied up with work every day - but for those of us in jobs we need decent supermarkets which open evenings and weekends. That's how life is for many of us. Maltonian
  • Score: 6

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