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Public checks out what proposed new Bulwell Aldi shop has in store

Aldis community consultant Sam Wilson explains the illustrations to Val Casterton secretary of the Rise Park association group and Paul Bakajsa chairman of the Rise Park association group.

Aldis community consultant Sam Wilson explains the illustrations to Val Casterton secretary of the Rise Park association group and Paul Bakajsa chairman of the Rise Park association group.

 

Bulwell residents have taken their first glimpse at the new Aldi planned for the town during a public consultation this week.

The proposed store site on Hucknall Road is currently occupied by the NCV Sales and G&M Motors dealerships, which are aiming to relocate to alternative local premises.

The prominent site would be transformed by the multi-million-pound, 1,254 sqm store, creating 40 new full and part-time jobs which would be aimed at local people.

If the planning go-ahead is given, the store is scheduled to open in 2015.

Aldi’s property director, Ciaran Aldridge, said there was a steady stream of visitors to the four-hour consultation, held at Top Valley Community Centre, and the response was “very positive”.

The company, which has been named national Grocer of the Year, for the second successive time, already has two other stores in the Dispatch district, one on Portland Road, Hucknall, and the other on Sellers Wood Drive, Bulwell.

But Mr Aldridge said: “We have been aiming for some time to improve our offer in the area which would be served by the new store.”

Diane Stafford, of Kersall Drive, Bulwell, said: “The store would benefit me because there’s not much by way of shopping facilities where I live.”

Coun Alan Clark, a Bulwell Forest ward member of Nottingham City Council, said: “I have received favourable comments from local residents who would like to see a new food store.”

He added residents wanted the vehicle entrance to the site improved and an assurance that traffic queues which already occurred on Hucknall Road would not be worsened.

Mr Aldridge said proposed road improvements would include a lane for vehicles travelling south and turning right onto the store site.

What do you think about the plans? Email newsdesk@hucknall-dispatch.co.uk

 

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