Is a new East Kilbride Lidl store a good idea?
News readers have their say on approval
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
More choice Ruth Sneddon
Community boost needed Philip Regan
Backing Yvonne Gorman