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Lidl planning second Carlisle supermarket

Credit: Press Association

Supermarket chain Lidl is set to submit plans for a second store in Carlisle.

The company is currently asking for public feedback on its proposals for a new store on land off Warwick Road opposite the junction with Victoria Road.

The company says if approved the new development would create up to 30 new jobs.

Consultation now being carried out with the public will be used to inform the company's official planning application it intends to submit to Carlisle City Council towards the end of June.

The plans can be viewed here

West Cumbria foodbank boost

Four major supermarket chains have agreed to have Foodbank collection points in their stores in Allerdale.

As part of the council's support for initiatives to reduce poverty, they joined forces with North Lakes Foodbank and four supermarkets to increase Foodbank collection points.

"I am a strong supporter of Foodbank and believe the work they undertake is invaluable, particularly in the current economic climate. I thank Morrisons, Tesco, Asda and The Co-operative for coming on board with this initiative and agreeing to accept collection points in their supermarkets.

"This will result in North Lakes Foodbank being more visible and hopefully encouraging shoppers to make donations on a regular basis."

– Councillor Alan Smith

Jessie Hendry, Project Co-ordinator, The North Lakes Foodbank, explained that as they expand through the county it is vital they collect enough food to meet demand which has increased by over 600% over the last 18 months. She added:

"We are already supported by individuals through local churches, businesses, schools and community groups. The news that the supermarkets will be joining the collection team is fantastic.

"With the generous donation from our community we are able to feed over 240 people a month in crisis. As people shop for their own food, it will be easy for them to donate to the Foodbank as they leave the store."

– Jessie Hendry

The North Lakes Foodbank is a community-based project providing food for people in crisis throughout Allerdale and Copeland. They are currently feeding over 240 people in crisis a month, meaning more than 1.5 tonnes of food is needed every month.


ASDA responds to NFU lamb survey

The supermarket ASDA has responded to the NFU Scotland claim that the levels of British lamb in some Scottish supermarkets is lower than that of imported lamb.

In a statement they say:

"Clearly someone's numbers don't add up here. As it stands more than 80 per cent of our fresh lamb range is sourced from British farmers and we will sell 10% more British sourced lamb this year than in 2011.

"As we move further into the British lamb season that figure will only increase. "Our support of the lamb industry in this country is beyond doubt.”


Farmer disappointed by supermarkets

Rob Livesey, livestock farmer Credit: ITV Border

Rob Livesey is a livestock farmer near Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders, he told ITV Border:

"We are extremely disappointed that not all British supermarkets are supporting British products, especially at this time of year when lamb is coming into season.

"Consumers always want to buy a British product if they can because they know it supports the British economy, so it is disappointing that supermarkets are looking after shareholders rather than customers and suppliers."

'Worryingly' high level of imported lamb

Some supermarkets do stock British lamb Credit: ITV Border

A study by NFU Scotland has found what they call 'worryingly and disappointing level of imported lamb' in Scottish supermarkets.

They say in some supermarkets there is more imported lamb on the shelves than lamb from the UK, despite the lamb season throughout the UK being well underway.

In the report NFU Scotland acknowledges that some supermarkets only stock British or Scottish or a good mixture of both.