Campaigners to turn up the heat

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to stop plans for a new supermarket in Mexborough are calling on the public to support them.

Market traders claim Kier Property’s plan for a multi-million pound store near the train station will have a disastrous knock-on effect on trade in the High Street.

Small business owners believe the supermarket will drain trade away from the markets area and leave Mexborough a ghost town.

They are now calling on shoppers to attend a public meeting in January and show their support for the ‘Save the High Street’ campaign.

Market trader Hattie Norman vowed to turn up the heat on Kier bosses next year in a bid to stop their supermarket proposals.

She said: “The campaign is rolling and we will be putting the pressure on in the New Year to try and stop these store plans.

“We need to take action now before its too late and the High Street is lost ”

The meeting will be held at the Majestic Suite on Friday, January 6, at 7.30pm.

Market traders have supported their campaign by putting posters up around the town with the slogan ‘Shop in town, or close it down. Your community needs you.’

They have also sent letters out to shop keepers asking them to write to Doncaster Council to oppose the supermarket plans.

Kier Property say they hope to build the £10 million pound store on the site of the former United Carpets building, previously the South Yorkshire Times office.

The company states the development will create more than 200 jobs, and claim it will help to keep people in the town to do their main food shopping who currently go elsewhere.

Director Tom Gilman said: “If we can deliver a new store here, then it will encourage some of these people to use other local businesses in the same trip, which could be a real boost to the town centre and market.”

The firm are in negotiations with major supermarket chains to operate the store.