Cllr Emma Pogson-Golden & Cllr Wayne Dixon.
We both attended a meeting with the developer to discuss the plans.
There is 9 Units, the largest two are occupied.
Stores: Confirmed are ALDI & B&M after LIDL pulled out. Several others retailers are in talks, but the developer didn’t want to reveal these until confirmed in writing.
The ALDI at the top of the Avenue will become a Farm foods store.
Employment: We discussed the importance of the jobs been offered to local people and he agreed to work with us and the tenants to ensure the jobs are offered to local people where possible.
Access: We discussed potential issues with access and the developer has agreed to put extra protection in to protect from unauthorised access from bikes/ quads. The main entrance will be blocked by electronic bollards that will be raised by staff occupying the units when the site is closed.
Availability: some units are still available, anyone interested should contact us and we can put you in contact directly with the owner.
PUB: We asked about the potential for a family pub offering food, this was explored, but the large chains wanted 40 designated car parking spaces and he couldn’t offer them that in this development. However, he may be willing to explore other avenues with us on this.
Dates: The developer is hoping to hand keys over to tenants from April 2024, this could mean store’s opening anytime after that (depending how organised they are.