South Scotland

Newton Stewart supermarket plan opposition grows

A petition protesting against plans for a supermarket on the outskirts of a small south of Scotland town has been signed by 1,000 people.

The Save Our Street campaign is opposed to a bid to site a store at Barnkirk, just off the A75 near Newton Stewart.

Developers CWP claim it will create more than 100 jobs and stop people travelling to supermarkets elsewhere.

However, local trader Kenny Owen said he believed it would spell disaster for town centre businesses.

The £10m proposal was unveiled by the Edinburgh-based developers last month.

It has been carrying out a community consultation and public exhibition before submitting plans to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Opponents have argued there is no need for such a development in the town.

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