Green light for new Ulverston outdoor goods store
Last updated at 16:45, Monday, 06 August 2012
PLANNING chiefs have granted permission for plans to open an outdoor goods store and agricultural outlet in a vacant Ulverston building – and Travelodge could be next.
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Looking forward to a sad empty space being brought to life! However, I really wish people would come together and try to think of a better way to bring Ulverston town centre back to life. Perhaps if the energies were put into that instead of arguing about supermarkets, we might have a better, more profitable little town.
I think competition is healthy, but I find some of these comments quite upsetting. I pride myself with shopping locally and have done for years. My family are walkers and cheered when a local couple opened a much needed outdoor shop. We support them and will carry on doing so. We too missed The Furness Rambler when it shut. Reading some of these comments brings to light that alot of you don't actually shop in Ulverston, or if you do only once or twice a year. If you did you would soon realise as myself and family that you reap the benefits, for example....discounts and excellent customer service and I don't just mean from the Mountain shop but from all shops, market indoor and out.
Why does the only way 'forwards' as you allude have to be a supermarket?
Supermarkets also remove vast wealth from those towns as they all belong to nationwide companies.
It can indeed be argued that they can sometimes be cheaper but please name the last supermarket group that went out of business because it wasn't a profitable concern.With that said councils will always fall for the spurious jobs argument. Yes supermarkets do create part time and a few full time jobs but I'll lay odds (but I haven't looked) that the numbers lost in local businesses that will go under mean the jobs argument amounts to a movement of employees from existing local businesses to the new supermarket.The thing is though all this discussion is really mute. Sainsbury's will come to Ulverston just as surely as Roose will get its biomass power station. These decisions are made who knows where by people who do not live in the area and as long as those pursuing the new developments play by 'the rules' the new developments will arrive.So I guess I am railing at the lack of democratic accountability in this country and how the 'populace' simply accept that whatever big government, big business, big bankers, big ecomentalists, big righteous say is going to happen. Hence people end up seeing a supermarket as the best way to 'invigorate' a small market town like Ulverston when what is really required is a root and branch rebuilding of the way democracy works at a local and national level. Iceland is showing us the way forwards but 2012 is packed with 'events' that hog the newswires just in case people begin to look for a better solution to their local and national ills.Rant over. Thanks for reading.