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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Lidl plans to open store in Maryport

Supermarket chain Lidl plans to build its largest UK store in Maryport.

The company is about to launch a public consultation on its proposal for a 2,500 square metre store which it wants to build at Milltoft, off Curzon Street.

It would create 30 direct jobs together with construction employment. It would be opened next year.

The company revealed it would be the largest Lidl store in the UK and the first of a new generation of the company’s food stores.

A rugby pitch and two football pitches on the proposed development site would be repositioned within the same field and more clearly marked out.

The land is owned by Allerdale council and, if the project goes ahead, it would be sold to Lidl as part of a deal being managed by Allerdale Investment Partnership. The initiative was established to enable the council to dispose of surplus assets and deliver development opportunities.

A planning application will be submitted to Allerdale council by the partnership in September following community consultation.

Two drop-in sessions will be held at The Wave Centre in Maryport on Monday, August 10, and Tuesday, August 11, from 1pm to 7pm. Leaflets are being sent to households and businesses to gauge opinion.

Allerdale council leader Alan Smith said: “We hope that by bringing a massive name like Lidl to Maryport, Allerdale Investment Partnership will make the town even more of a destination for shoppers.

“Research shows that over two thirds of the town’s residents currently make the journey to other West Cumbrian towns for their supermarket shop.

“The aim is to keep them shopping in the town, not just at Lidl but also at the wide range of other businesses there.

“Sports clubs who use the existing site, along with those who cross the field on foot, will still be well catered for, with properly marked pitches and a safe pedestrian route.”

Leaflets about the proposals will shortly be available from all council offices and The Wave Centre in Maryport. Alternatively, email maryportfoodstore@nlpplanning. com or call Amanda Brocklehurst on 0191 261 5685.

The initial consultation will end on August 27.

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Much needed. The plans for supporting the local sports pitch looks good as well. A few seem to be complaining about losing a sports pitch but as I only ever see one used at a time I can't really see the issue - parking won't become a road user problem either as it does at the moment. Also I take it they will drain the land so it won't flood in future so that will actually benefit the sports pitches as well.

Posted by john on 9 August 2014 at 17:35

Where's the Keep Maryport Special group when you need 'em? :)

Posted by Mark Goodsir on 7 August 2014 at 14:57

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