Firm move could cre­ate 450 jobs

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

UP TO 450 jobs could be brought to Tar­leton as a dis­tri­bu­tion firm plans to move its head­quar­ters to a for­mer gar­den cen­tre.

Bar­ron Wood, which is based in Much Hoole, wants to build of­fices in the vil­lage af­ter the de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer Dun­scar gar­den cen­tre on South­port New Road.

The plans would also in­volve de­mo­li­tion of the gar­den cen­tre’s cafe and glasshouses, as well as two res­i­den­tial bun­ga­lows.

Ac­cord­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, Bar­ron Wood, which of­fers haulage ser­vices around the UK and Europe, has out­grown its ex­ist­ing of­fices but the com­pany’s bosses are keen not to move away from the area.

Of its cur­rent staff, around two thirds live within three miles.

The firm has 125 em­ploy­ees at its Much Hoole head­quar­ters but plans to in­crease this num­ber to be­tween 380-450 within the next 15 years.

It is also in­tro­duc­ing a train­ing acad­emy tar­get­ing lo­cal schools and col­leges for fu­ture em­ploy­ment within the trans­port in­dus­try.

It has now sub­mit­ted plans to West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil to de­mol­ish the for­mer Dun­scar site to al­low the com­pany to re­turn to Tar­leton, where it was orig­i­nally started.

Dun­scar, which was es­tab­lished in 1948, closed down around a year ago and the site has re­mained empty ever since. A sim­i­lar busi­ness, Sooty’s Gar­den Cen­tre, is lo­cated di­rectly op­po­site the site, while an­other, Lyn­dene Gar­den Cen­tre, is lo­cated just a few hun­dred yards fur­ther down the road.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states: “Orig­i­nally lo­cated in Tar­leton, they out­grew their small ru­ral premises and moved to their cur­rent premises at Brook Lane, Much Hoole in 2010.

“In the last eight years they have ex­tended the build­ing three times and are now at the ca­pac­ity, hav­ing grown from 40 staff when they moved to Hoole to cur­rently em­ploy­ing around 200.

“They also have an ad­di­tional of­fice in Glas­gow but Much Hoole is their head­quar­ters.

“Bar­ron Wood have looked at var­i­ous op­tions to re­lo­cate their ex­pand­ing busi­ness but are re­luc­tant to move out of the area and very much pride them­selves on be­ing a lo­cal em­ployer of lo­cal peo­ple.”

Dun­scar Gar­den Cen­tre on South­port New Road in Tar­leton pic­tured in 2006

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