Convenience shop for parish?

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The development of a convenience shop in Main Road, Marown, is being considered.

Marown Parish Commissioners highlighted in its newsletter that earlier this year its Services in Marown sub-committee approached John and Sue Kirkpatrick of Ballawilleykilley to ask about the possibility of land being available for the development of a shop opposite Marown Parish Church, and that numerous meetings involving representatives from the Department of Infrastructure’s planning and highways divisions had taken place.

The commissioners said: ‘We are reaching the point where a planning application could be submitted in the near future.’

They said: ‘Since Crosby Post Office closed, the commissioners have been very aware of the lack of services in the parish – especially the absence of any sort of convenience store ... We recognise that this is a particular problem for some of the parish’s older residents who may no longer drive. We also believe that a convenience store would contribute to the sense of community in the parish.’

The plan won’t require the use any of Marown’s rates or reserves as it would be a privately-funded development.

‘We have sought reassurances from the planners, and are satisfied that the development of a retail unit with parking spaces in this location will not have any effect on future planning relating to the surrounding land. The remaining land will continue to be zoned as open space.’

The commissioners invited residents’ feedback.

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