RESIDENTS in Viewpark are being asked to give their views next month on supermarket chain Asda’s proposal to build a new supermarket and petrol station in Laburnum Road.
The company’s proposals will be put on show at a two-day ‘community engagement’ consultation event at St Columba’s Boys’ Club pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 and 5, from 2pm to 8pm each day.
Last month Asda and investment company Macdonald Estates announced a £15 million investment package to build a 25,000 sq ft supermarket, creating up to 200 new jobs.
However the scheme would involve the relocation of St Columba’s who, as well as having premises on the site, also use a football pitch there for training.
If the supermarket gets the go-ahead the club would have to be relocated, but as yet no concrete proposals on this have been put forward and concerns have been expressed over the club’s future.
Club president Steve Solman said: “Asda and Macdonald Estates have been great so far. They have agreed to sponsor both our teams and have assured us that we will be looked after.
“But we have heard virtually nothing from North Lanarkshire Council so at the moment we don’t know what’s happening.”
However a council spokesperson said: “Some of the land relating to this proposal is owned by the council, including the grass area which St Columba’s Boys’ Club use, and we are in the process of declaring it surplus to operational requirements.
“We have met with representatives from the club to advise them of this situation and we are currently in discussions with Sportscotland to find an alternative location for the club which would better suit their needs. We will keep the club informed of any progress.”
The Asda plan has also sparked fears over road safety due to the proximity of a proposed filling station to John Paul II Primary School.
Among those concerned is local councillor Bob Burrows who said: “I would hope that for the consultation on December 4 and 5, people go along to express their concerns about the petrol station and its proposed location so close to the primary school.”
Lynsey Ross, Asda’s acting property communications manager for Scotland, said company representatives had already attended a parent council meeting to discuss those concerns and that residents’ views on this issue, the question of a future home for St Columba’s Boys’ Club and any other relevant matters would be taken into account before a formal planning application was drawn up to be lodged in the new year.
And she said next month’s consultation would provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed site layout and artist’s impressions of the store, encouraging feedback on these.
Asda representatives will also be on hand at the events to give further details about the proposals and answer any questions.
She said: “We are delighted to be holding these two days of community engagement, allowing the public the opportunity to view our proposals for the store and give us their feedback on these.
“We hope that as many local people as possible are able to join is at these events.”