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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Haven't we been here before with Tesco?

WHEN reading “Tesco in talks over supermarket for Maryport” (Times & Star, August 7), I felt that we had been here before.

The Workington Cloffocks debate is hardly resolved when we have an Allerdale spokeswoman refusing to comment, when asked, the identity of the supermarket developer at Maryport.

The proposed site for any supermarket is probably the only green area of central Maryport left.

To lose this green space swallowed up alongside the former British Legion Club, bowling green and the tennis courts would be a very sad day for Maryport.

Surely Allerdale cannot just give away any Maryport assets such as a new site for the rugby club on Milltoft without the consent of the people of Maryport.

If Maryport rugby club and others are going to pocket substantial sums of money for their premises then surely they or any developer should then buy any alternative sites and not expect others to pick up the bill.

Also for the Cumbria County Council spokesperson to say that any upgrading of Netherhall corner or Mealpot Road could only be affordable with a partner seems to point the way that this scenario will probably play out.

I hope that Maryport town councillors and residents are kept fully informed of any developments and consider carefully the best interests of Maryport.

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