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Councillors welcome progress on plans for new convenience store in Shaw

Councillor Howard Sykes (right) and Chris Gloster campaigning at the site above a couple of years ago.

Liberal Democrat councillors in Shaw say they are pleased to see plans progressing to build a new convenience store on a derelict site in the area. 

Local councillors and the Shaw and Crompton Parish Council say they have been consulted by the developer on the plans for the former King's Arms/Big Lamp pub site on High Street. 

Shaw Councillor Howard Sykes MBE said he is looking forward to seeing the site brought back into use. 

"We have waited more than ten years to see the successful redevelopment of the site, and now I am delighted that we may soon see a new community store there to serve local residents," he commented.

"Not only should this improve the retail offer in Shaw, but it will redevelop a major gateway site into the town centre, a site which for too long has been an eyesore and subject to fly-tipping.” 

Past ideas for the site include housing and also a veterinary surgery but they did not progress for a variety of reasons, including commercial viability.

Councillor Sykes said he has one note of caution.   

He added: "We just need to ensure that at Planning we have a workable solution to deal with any traffic issues as the Big Lamp is a busy roundabout, but these should not be insurmountable as we had traffic going onto and off the site when it was a pub." 

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