Is a new East Kil­bride Lidl store a good idea?

News read­ers have their say on ap­proval

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

There was split opin­ion with the an­nounce­ment that a new Lidl store will be built in on the grounds of the for­mer Atholl House build­ing.

Pro­pos­als were ap­proved by 11 votes to 10 at a meet­ing of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in Hamil­ton.

The News took to the streets to gauge the re­ac­tion to the con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion.

Philip Re­gan from The Mur­ray had hoped the Atholl House site would be used for some­thing other than a su­per­mar­ket.

He told the News: “Surely there is some­thing else that a big bit of land could be used for, some­thing that would ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity as a whole? I feel like the land should have been used for some­thing else – and that’s not even to start talk­ing about the is­sues with be­ing so close to the Vil­lage.”

How­ever, Yvonne Gor­man from St Leonards felt that an­other su­per­mar­ket would be a good thing for con­sumers in East Kil­bride.

“It’s good to have dif­fer­ent su­per­mar­kets in other parts of the town,” she said.

Calder­wood’s Ruth Sned­don be­lieves she will end up us­ing the Lidl store and said: “I don’t see a prob­lem with more op­tions for peo­ple in East Kil­bride. I think it’s a good thing.”

Su­san Inglis of West Mains feels an op­por­tu­nity has been missed, say­ing: “There is a lot of dif­fer­ent things they could have done. I’d have liked to have seen it as a 10-pin bowl­ing cen­tre.”

It’s good to have dif­fer­ent su­per­mar­kets in other parts of the town... Ruth Sned­don

Of Lidl ben­e­fit

Su­san Inglis

More choice Ruth Sned­don

Com­mu­nity boost needed Philip Re­gan

Back­ing Yvonne Gor­man

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