Residents welcome £8m garden centre
AMBITIOUS £8 million pound plans for a new garden centre in Peterborough have been given a warm welcome by city residents.
Artist impressions and maps for the proposed Dobbies Garden Centre went on show at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton yesterday to allow residents to have their say on the proposals. The plans are set to be submitted to Peterborough City Council next month.
The proposed garden centre would be built in Cygnet Park, Hampton, across the road from Serpentine Green, and could create 120 jobs in the area.
After viewing the plans, Victor Arnett (67) of Oak Park, Yaxley, said: “I think it is very good for the area. I would definitely use it.”
Gerald Butler (62) of Capthorne Close, Hampton added: “I think it should be a bit further down the road, but it is a good idea. The nearest centre is quite a journey away, so we need this in Hampton.”
Hampton Hargate parish councillor Mike Brett said that although the centre would bring benefits to the township, he was concerned about traffic in the area. He said: “I like the idea of a garden centre, but I want to know more about the traffic situation, especially after problems with the new garden centre in Eye.
“The jobs side of the plans is very interesting, and we would encourage that in the area.
“The nearest centre to Hampton is Notcutts in Oundle Road, and that is quite difficult to get to.”
Charlotte Swanson, from Dobbies, said: “We don’t think traffic will be much of an issue.
“People don’t go to garden centres at 9am or 5pm, so there will not be additional traffic at peak times. At weekends and bank holidays we think people will add a trip to the garden centre with trips to Serpentine Green shopping centre.”