Campaigners urge Miliband to help in supermarket row

CAMPAIGN group Motherwell Matters has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband seeking his support for their campaign to bring a Sainsbury’s store to the town.

This comes after Mr Miliband’s mentioned Motherwell during a speech to his party’s conference in September.

During an attack on those supporting Scottish independence the MP said he was as concerned about the unemployed in Manchester as he was those in Motherwell.

Now Motherwell Matters want to put that to the test by asking him to intervene in the planning dispute which saw North Lanarkshire Council who refused permission for a new store on the site of the former bus depot in Hamilton Road.

Chairwoman Laura Crickett said: “Given the latest unemployment figures which show the numbers in Scotland going up again we feel it is more important than ever to get the refusal on the Motherwell Sainsbury’s plan reversed.

“There is still time for the company to put in an appeal and we urge them to do so. I’ve already contacted Justin King, the company’s chief executive, asking him to appeal. He replied telling me that they were still considering the matter.

“That’s why we’re now contacting Ed Miliband. He talked about Motherwell in his conference speech. We hope he’ll talk to his Labour colleagues on the council to find out why they turned down this plan that would have created a lot of construction jobs as well as 300 much needed permanent posts when the store is complete.”

Motherwell Matters also intend to hold further meetings with local MPs, MSPs and councillors to discuss other ideas they have to try and help to bring new life to the town.