Store will ‘en­hance’ town

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

Dis­counter Lidl say the new store on the site of the for­mer Atholl House build­ing in East Kil­bride will en­hance the retail of­fer­ing in the town.

Last week coun­cil­lors gave the green light to plans de­spite pleas from East Kil­bride coun­cil­lors Joe Fa­gan and Jim Ward­haugh to go against of­fi­cers’rec­om­men­da­tions.

A to­tal of 35 new jobs will be cre­ated but traders in the Vil­lage be­lieve the store could have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on their busi­nesses.

The store will boast state-of-theart fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an in-store bak­ery, cus­tomer toi­lets and park­ing for both cars and bi­cy­cles.

A Lidl spokes­woman told the News:“We are de­lighted to have re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion for a new Lidl store.

“Not only does it rep­re­sent a ma­jor in­vest­ment in the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of new jobs, we be­lieve it will also help to en­hance the ex­ist­ing retail of­fer­ing, by serv­ing as an an­chor and gen­er­at­ing in­creased foot­fall for all.

“We would like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their sup­port and look for­ward to pro­gress­ing with the store de­vel­op­ment.”

Mean­while, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have once again pointed to the in­de­pen­dent retail study car­ried out on their be­half which said there would be a min­i­mal im­pact on Vil­lage traders.

They also say cur­rent park­ing reg­u­la­tions are ad­e­quate – de­spite con­cerns that free park­ing at Lidl will drive cus­tom away.

Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, said: “This is a va­cant site, cen­tral to the town, the de­vel­op­ment of which, we be­lieve, im­proves the shop­ping choices of res­i­dents – in­clud­ing those with­out cars.

“A retail im­pact as­sess­ment, car­ried out by an in­de­pen­dent consultant, did not iden­tify a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the Vil­lage as re­sult of the pro­posed new store, which will also cre­ate a num­ber of new retail jobs in the area.”

The coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Gor­don Mackay, said:“The cur­rent park­ing reg­u­la­tions in the Vil­lage have been put in place over a num­ber of years to meet the chang­ing needs of those who travel to this area.

“We are sat­is­fied the ex­ist­ing park­ing, ser­vic­ing and traf­fic man­age­ment mea­sures con­tinue to meet the vary­ing re­quire­ments of those who do busi­ness in this part of East Kil­bride.”

Sign of the times Lidl

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