A BREAKING news story posted on Facebook has garnered the biggest ever online reaction for the now web-first Ashbourne News Telegraph.
The line: “An application has been made for 99p Stores to come to Waterside Park. Any thoughts?” was posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page at 10.57am on Thursday, January 10.
Within two hours the post had more than 50 comments and 250 likes.
The Ashbourne News Telegraph moved to web-first publishing just before Christmas, with news stories and breaking news posted to www.ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk and the newspaper’s Facebook and Twitter accounts ahead of printing in the newspaper.
Research into an application for a variation of conditions to planning permission at Waterside Park uncovered the proposals for introducing 99p Stores to the last empty unit at the retail centre, which has never been leased out to company since the park opened in 2008.
The reaction on Facebook was immediate, with comments on the story being posted within a minute of it appearing on Facebook.
One comment, from Dawn Routledge, received 52 likes. She said: “We need stores like this Ashbourne. Yes some people will be against it, as they are against any form of change to the town, but if you compare the percentage of people who publicly show their dislike of the idea against the ones who obviously don’t mind either way, it is very low.
“400 new homes to be built, times are hard, we need to cater for all residents of Ashbourne not just the affluent ones.
“If places like Leek, Buxton and Uttoxeter can accommodate these kind of stores so can we.
“We need stores like Argos, B & M, Homes Bargains, Wilkos. Better to have these stores in our town than people travel to other places.”
The majority of people who commented on the topic welcomed the news that a discount store may be on it’s way to Ashbourne.
Joan Etheridge also commented on the post. She said: “Brilliant, the sooner the better, its what we need, could do with a B & M’s too.”
Michael Swann added: “It will def work but this idea had been rejected before in Ashbourne.”