Last chance for High Street fight

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a major supermarket next to Mexborough station will take their fight to Rotherham this week.

Supporters of the Save the High Street (Mexborough) Campaign will make a final effort to stop planning permission being finalised, as the plans for new supermarket in Mexborough goes before Rotherham Borough Council’s Planning Board.

Campaigners and their supporters say they have been devastated and felt let down by the Doncaster MBC’s Planning Committee decision to grant planning permission for the large supermarket on the old United Carpets site.

The site straddles the border between Doncaster and Rotherham and campaigners hope to persuade the Rotherham planning board to reject the plans when it meets today (Thursday May 17).

Campaigner Bill Lawrence told the Times: “I know that many High Street traders are depressed by Doncaster’s decision.

“Business confidence is now very low within the town and there are those who have already decided their businesses are no longer viable and are seeking to try to establish a living elsewhere.

“We hope to persuade those at Rotherham to stop these plans. We believe this development would have a massive negative impact on the Dearne Valley undermining business confidence over the whole area”.

A survey by the campaign group found 92 out of 115 businesses in Mexborough were opposed to the supermarket plan.

Developers Keir Properties say the scheme will create 250 jobs when the store opens and will help regenerate the area around the station. They also expect it to create jobs in the construction of the building, and believe the scheme will act as a catalyst for more development in the area.