Warm wel­come for new store plan at old school

Scheme on dis­play

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SCHOOL SHOUT - By Jamie Mac­don­ald

RES­I­DENTS were to­day get­ting the chance to see new plans for a su­per­mar­ket in Aberdeen.

Around 330 jobs could be cre­ated if the pro­pos­als by Mor­risons to build its lat­est store in the city’s Lang Stra­cht are ap­proved.

On the first day of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, vis­i­tors were gen­er­ally in favour of the re­tailer open­ing an out­let on the for­mer Sum­mer­hill Academy site. A petrol sta­tion would be in­cluded in the de­vel­op­ment.

Man­age­ment con­sul­tant Paul Cor­mack, 52, from Ban­chory, works nearby.

He said: “Since the curl­ing club was built here there haven’t been too many at­tempts to im­prove the area. I’m quite keen on the re­gen­er­a­tion of the area.”

Re­tired nurse Dorothy Pirie, 69, from Sum­mer­hill, said: “We were con­cerned about the ve­hi­cle ac­cess as the traf­fic is not good around there. But I am quite happy with the way it is be­ing de­vel­oped.

“I am happy to see the jobs com­ing here.”

Wi l l i e J a f f r a y , 7 3 , chair­man of Rose­mount and Mile End Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, shared the wor­ries over a traf­fic in­crease.

He said: “As far as I am con­cerned it is an­other good store to have in the area. My only reser­va­tions are the traf­fic on Lang Stra­cht, if they get it right it will be fan­tas­tic.”

A full store de­sign will be drawn up af­ter the con­sul­ta­tion. And a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted to­wards the end of the year.

If ap­proved, the store should open in late 2012. The su­per­mar­ket said it will re­cruit lo­cally, specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the long-term unem­ployed.

A to­tal of 90 con­struc­tion jobs would be cre­ated while the new Mor­risons branch is built. A to­tal of 13,000 forms out­lin­ing the plans have been de­liv­ered to homes sur­round­ing the de­vel­op­ment.

Emma Me­gaughin, a Mor­risons spokesper­son, said: “It is early days but it has been pos­i­tive so far.

“We are very happy with it, peo­ple seem to be very wel­com­ing to the su­per­mar­ket. Peo­ple are quite con­cerned about the traf­fic but that is be­ing cov­ered in the plan.”

A sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion was due to take place to­day at Curl Aberdeen from 10am un­til 3pm.

CON­SUL­TA­TION: An aerial view of the site ear­marked by Mor­risons for a new su­per­mar­ket.

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