THE NEWS that Montrose’s new £10 million Sainsbury’s store could be up and running within the next 12 months was welcomed this week by the company and local supporters,
Angus Council’s development standards committee last week voted unanimously to grant permission for the 22,500 square foot store on Brechin Road, against the advice of the authority’s planning officers.
Refusal had been recommended as planners said that while the plans for 190 parking spaces complied with national planning policy for a store of that size, parking provision still fell 20 per cent short of that required by the council.
Local councillor Mark Salmond asked councillors at last Tuesday’s meeting to reject the report, saying the new supermarket would bring a significant investment into the local economy as well as create 200 jobs and a “substantial economic spin-off” to local food producers who would supply the store.
He this week praised the level of support the scheme has received from the public as well as the “fantastic team effort” by local councillors and community councils.
Around 30 local supporters attended the meeting in Forfar including councillors David May and Sandy West as well as Hillside Community Council chairwoman Kathleen Ritchie, Ferryden Community Council chairman Gordon Brown, Chris Banks from the Montrose Business and Retailers’ Association and Peter Davies from Montrose Together.
Mr Salmond said: “There was a fantastic team effort by the three Montrose area community councils, the business association, Councillor May, Councillor West and myself to put over to the committee, what was in the end, a winning argument to deliver a new Sainsbury’s supermarket for Montrose.
“Getting nine out of 10 of my fellow councillors to vote for my amendment shows what a great presentation was given to the committee by all those who spoke in favour of the project.”
Dougal Hartley, Sainsbury’s property surveyor for Scotland, also commended local people for their support.
He said: “Our new store in Montrose will represent our first investment in Angus and we would like to thank the local community, community groups and people from the town who have shown an interest and of course the 30 people who attended the committee meeting.”