Petition set up to save Pocklington shop

The Co-operative store on Pocklington's George Street.
The Co-operative store on Pocklington's George Street.

A petition has been set up in an attempt to save a supermarket in Pocklington which looks set to close.

More than 450 people have signed the petition to save the Co-operative store, in George Street, since it was set up last week.

Set up by neighbouring antique store owner, Francis Atkinson, she feels something has to be done.

She said: “I set up the petition because I think the loss of the supermarket would be a major detriment for the people who can’t get down to the other supermarkets. There will be no where to shop if it closes.

“Everybody has strong feelings about it - I’ve had people waiting at my door on a morning to sign the petition.”

The Post revealed in March that the developer McCarthy and Stone is preparing proposals to redevelop the site into retirement apartments.

Mrs Atkinson added: “It’s an expanding town and we need these amenities.

“We are not objecting to the apartments in the correct place but to lose the retailer is a severe blow.”

The developers are yet to have bought the site.

A spokesperson for the Co-operative said: “Our store in Market Street will continue to serve our many customers in Pocklington.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active roles in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit.”

Local residents have been invited to help shape plans for the retirement accommodation and view early proposals at a public exhibition at Pocklington Rugby Club on Tuesday (10 May ) from 3pm to 7pm.

Steve Secker, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone (Northern region), said: “We appreciate the character of the local area is important to the community, and our team of architects has spent time considering local architecture before designing our initial plans.

“We believe that our proposals would provide a sensitively designed development that would enrich the area and meet an identified need for specialist retirement accommodation.”

All local residents are invited to view the early proposals.