Businesses in Malton are suffering from indecision over the controversial plan by Ryedale District Council to develop Wentworth Street car park for a supermarket, members of Malton Town Council have warned.
Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting, Cllr David Lloyd-Williams told the council that some traders, facing renewal of their leases from the Fitzwilliam Estate, were concerned because they feared a large supermarket could sell the type of goods available in their shops.
“The whole of our local business sector is under threat,” he claimed. “A potential Tesco store in our town is damaging the business community. I fear for the future of our shops.”
Instead, he argued, Malton wants an upmarket supermarket such as Waitrose or Booths on Malton Livestock Market which is planning to move to a new site on the edge of the town.
Meanwhile, Cllr Paul Andrews believes the plans for Wentworth Street Car Park are “just as legally flawed” as the original and it could result in a court case following the decision by a government planning inspector to reject the first scheme and approve that of the Fitzwilliam Estate’s plan for the livestock market.
Ryedale District Council’s Planning Committee is expected to discuss the latest plan for the car park from Holbeck, the developer, in the coming weeks.