120 JOBS AT GARDEN CENTRE
More jobs joy for city as plans are revealed for new store
A NEW garden centre is set to bring 120 jobs to Peterborough.
Plans for an £8 million, ecofriendly, Dobbies Garden Centre, at Cygnet Park, Hampton, have been submitted to Peterborough City Council.
If given the go-ahead, building work could start in spring 2011 and the new centre opened by the autumn.
It comes in the middle of a job creation boom in the city – and just a week after 100 new jobs were created by DHL, who are expanding their distribution centre in Kingston Park, Peterborough.
MORE than 100 jobs are to be created at a new garden centre as Peterborough’s jobs bonanza continues.
In another welcome boost to the city’s economy, plans for the £8 million Dobbies Garden Centre, in Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough, have now been submitted to Peterborough City Council and if approved could bring 120 new jobs, including both parttime and full-time positions, to the area.
If the proposals are approved by the council’s planners, construction work could start by spring 2011 and the centre could open in the autumn.
Stuart Wright, director of property at Dobbies, said: “Our Serpentine Garden World will bring over 120 jobs to Peterborough and will encourage an environmentallyfriendly approach to 21st century living where all the family can enjoy planting and growing.
“We want to help boost the local economy in a sustainable way by providing jobs for local people. We will also be working with Cambridgeshire suppliers to fill our Farm Food hall shelves, feature on the menu of our restaurant and provide the huge range of gardening and plant products.”
All the jobs created at Dobbies will also be supported by formal in-house training programmes so that 50 per cent of the staff will have specific horticultural knowledge.
Dobbies, who already run 25 centres across the UK, say the new garden centre will be built on an 8.7 acre site and try to be environmentally friendly with energy efficient lighting and a recycled water system.
Orton With Hampton ward councillor Sheila Scott said: “It is marvellous news that companies are looking to bring this many jobs to the area.
“And at the moment, people here have to travel a long way to get things for their garden, so this is very much a welcome investment.”
The news comes a week after the announcement of 100 more new jobs at DHL, who are expanding their distribution centre in Kingston Park, Peterborough.
John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, added: “We very much support any investment in Peterborough, particularly when it is with a quality company like Dobbies.
“Job creation is a key thing in Peterborough and this is another example of creating permanent jobs here.
“Garden centres are one of the sectors that have been most successful during the economic downturn and I am sure that this latest centre will complement the other centres in the area.”
Residents will be able to view Dobbies’ plans for the site at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton, Peterborough on June 23 from 2pm to 8pm.
DEVELOPMENT: An artist’s impression of the new garden centre.
GROWING CONCERN: The site of the proposed garden centre in Hampton which will create scores of new jobs.