120 JOBS AT GAR­DEN CEN­TRE

More jobs joy for city as plans are re­vealed for new store

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

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.

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