Warm welcome for new store plan at old school
Scheme on display
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.