New supermarket filling station ‘reviewed’

PLANS for a filling station as part of a possible new supermarket for Newton Stewart could be reviewed, said the company behind the store this week.

Following the initial public consultations and exhibition of proposed plans last month, CWP project spokesman James Harbison said: “We were delighted with the interest and response to our consultation held in The Cinema, Newton Stewart last month. We are now meeting the business people of Newton Stewart next Monday evening at a meeting arranged by Wigtownshire Chamber and hope to meet with the Community Council at their April meeting.

“We look forward to putting our case to the business community since there has been a number of concerns and some mis-information regarding our plans, for example over the size of the store - since last week’s paper carried comments from a local business claiming the store to be the same size as Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets already in the town - this is simply not the case. The Aldi store in Newton Stewart is 18,000 sqft gross and the Sainsbury’s is 14,000 sqft gross. Our proposed store will be the same size as Tesco in Castle Douglas, 30,000 sqft gross, which we believe is the right size for Newton Stewart to stop the levels of leakage caused by local food shoppers travelling long distances to do their weekly food shop.

Similarly there has been much comment on the proposed petrol filling station and the benefits we see this bringing both for the local community and for those using the busy A75 Euro route in being able to access supermarket fuel prices. However, we also note some opposition to this aspect of our plans and we are currently reviewing our position on this given comments made.

Meanwhile, it is interesting to see a spontaneous Facebook poll which shows an overwhelming majority in support of our plans. So the debate continues and we look forward to working with the community of Newton Stewart.”