Asda delighted over support for new store

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SUPERMARKET chain Asda said this week it’s delighted with the response of local people to plans to build a new store in Viewpark.

More than 200 residents attended a recent two-day consultation event at St Columba’s Boys’ Club at which the firm outlined details of its proposal to build the £15 million store, which is expected to create up to 200 new jobs.

And it says the reaction from the local community has been overwhelmingly supportive with 94 per cent of those providing feedback backing the proposals.

The consultation gave members of the public the opportunity to view two proposed site layouts and artist’s impressions of what the completed store would look like.

There has been concern about road safety, given the promximity of the proposed store and associated petrol station to John Paul II Primary School.

But following feedback from local councillors and the school’s parent council, the original layout was amended and Asda representatives were on hand to give further details and answer any questions.

The planned supermarket development will take in a vacant industrial unit and an under-used football pitch at Laburnum Road which has been declared surplus by the council.

The pitch is used for training by St Columba’s Boys’ Club who also have a pavilion on the site and are expected to be relocated.

Lynsey Ross, Asda’s acting property communications manager for Scotland, said: “Community engagement is key to all our developments and we are extremely pleased with the great turnout at the events and the positive feedback from those attending.

“We are currently considering all the feedback received and the response to the amended site layout which will be incorporated into our proposals. We will then submit a planning application to North Lanarkshire Council early next year.”

John Paul II parent council chairperson Anne Beattie added: “Now that they have consulted with the wider community and once they have completed a review of the scheme, respresentatives from Asda will meet with the parent council to provide an update.

“We look forward to meeting the Asda respresentatives then to discuss their plans for the development.”