Shaw Liberal Democrat Councillors are pleased to see plans progressing to build a new convenience store on the derelict King’s Arms/Big Lamp site, on High Street, Shaw.
Local councillors and the Shaw and Crompton Parish Council have been consulted by the developer on the plans.
For his part, Shaw Councillor Howard Sykes MBE 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. 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 for housing and also a vets did not progress for a variety of reasons including commercial viability.
Councillor Sykes just has one note of caution: “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.”