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Residents to have say on Kirkbymoorside Tesco plan
Kirkbymoorside Town Council is to carry out a poll of residents to find out their views on plans to build a Tesco supermarket in the town.
Councillors held an extraordinary meeting on Monday following a two-day public exhibition last week on proposals for the store on the junction of New Road and Ings Lane.
The plans are for a store of 10,000 sq ft sales area, making it similar in size to the Co-op in Pickering, and would create 100 full and part-time jobs, with recruitment focused on the Kirkbymoorside area. The supermarket would also provide about 80 free car parking spaces.
Councillor Martin Brampton said about 40 local residents had attended Monday’s meeting.
“Members of the public put forward their views for and against the plan, but the overall aim of the meeting was to formulate how the council carried out a consultation which was as full and fair as possible,” he added.
“It was decided to deliver a letter to every house in Kirkbymoorside with space for everyone in that household to indicate whether they were for, against or neutral about the opening of a Tesco store.”
Coun Brompton said they wanted to get the poll off the ground as quickly as possible so the council was fully informed of people’s views when the planning application was submitted.
“As representatives of the town we need to represent what the town thinks rather than what we personally feel.”
Tesco has also begun consulting with residents on the store which would include a number of environmental features including wind catchers, rainwater harvesting, roof lights, automatic lighting systems and a timber frame and timber cladding to reduce its carbon footprint.
Hundreds of local residents attended the public exhibition at Kirkbymoorside Library last week where they were able to find out about the plans from specialists covering design, highways and planning.
Deborah Hayeems, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said: “We were very pleased with the turnout over the two days.
“We spoke with hundreds of residents from across the town, and were encouraged that many people who currently travel out of the area to do their main weekly food shop would welcome a Kirkbymoorside Tesco store.
“However, over the next few weeks we will continue to receive feedback on the plans and have a lot of comments to consider and respond to. We recognise that we need to work with residents and local traders to make sure this investment brings maximum benefit to the town, keeping more shoppers in Kirkbymoorside and providing jobs for local people.”
Kirkbymoorside resident Katy Kallagher, aged 20, who attended the public exhibition, said: “I’ve lived and worked all my life in Kirkbymoorside and I love the town but I can’t ignore the fact that I have to spend at least £15 on petrol every time I travel out of town to get what I want.
“I’ll still use the shops in the High Street, as I am sure most people in the town will. We should not fear change but see Tesco as giving us another option that might double the potential customers on our High Street and bring Kirkby up to date.”
Tesco is hoping to submit a planning application in the next couple of months.