Friday 25 July 2014
An international supermarket brand could be coming to Maryport if plans for a new foodstore are given the go ahead.
Lidl is planning to move to land at Miltofts, off Curzon Street, and a public consultation exercise is about to take place to find out what the local community thinks about the proposals. If successful, a 2,500 square metre store would be built, bringing with it wider consumer choice and approximately 30 new jobs, together with additional construction employment. This would be the largest Lidl store in the UK and the first of a new generation of the company’s foodstores to be built here.
In addition, sports pitches currently on the site – a rugby pitch and two 9-a-side football pitches – will be repositioned within the same field and more clearly marked out for the benefit of the teams that use them.
The land is currently owned by Allerdale Borough Council and, if the project goes ahead, it would be sold to Lidl as part of a deal being managed by Allerdale Investment Partnership (AIP) – an innovative new initiative established to enable the Council to dispose of surplus assets and deliver the best future development opportunities on these sites.
The planning application will be submitted to Allerdale Borough Council by AIP in September following community consultation. If this is approved, then Lidl will progress the development of the site, with the store expected to open in 2015.
AIP is now seeking the local communities’ opinions about the proposals. Two drop-in information sessions are being held at The Wave Centre in Maryport on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 August, from 1pm to 7pm.Leaflets are also being sent to households and businesses in the local area.
Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, 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 currently cross the field on foot, will still be well catered for, with properly marked pitches and a safe pedestrian route.
“The developers want to hear the public’s views on the project, which is why they have organised this leaflet campaign and drop-in sessions in Maryport. At the information sessions, members of the project team, AIP and Lidl will be available to answer questions about the Maryport proposals, and the Allerdale Investment Partnership, and how that is going to benefit the borough in terms of investment, job creation and future developments. Please go along and tell them what you think.”