Aldi jobs “fabulous”

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SUPERMARKET giant Aldi has pledged to create over 200 jobs for the Dearne at its new distribution centre at Goldthorpe, on which work will begin within months.

Dearne councillors welcome the development with its expected boost to local employment, and claim increased traffic should not present problems, if agreed planning terms are adhered to.

Aldi’s plans include a service station, 180 car spaces and a lorry park along with the main building on the site off Commercial Road. Planning permission for the £25 million development was granted in 2008, and was renewed at the end of last year.

Objections were lodged originally by residents concerned about part infringement on Green Belt land, the site’s proximity to three schools, and traffic. But the 100-plus people who submitted concerns were overruled because of the local investment and job opportunities.

The scheme was referred to the Secretary of State early in 2008 but was not called in.

Dearne South councillor Sharron Brook said: “There were mass objections when this was first touted, but the development will be quite self-reliant. It’s actually in a dip down Dudley Drive, served by its own road, and I am satisfied that there will be no traffic issue.

“The infrastructure is there and there will be trees to screen the site from Billingley View. If they don’t do this right then I will personally lay down in the road to stop them but the opportunities are fabulous.”

A spokeswoman for Aldi said: “We are due to obtain vacant possession of the Goldthorpe site in August 2012, and hope to start construction on site during the first quarter of 2013. Further information will be made available in due course.”

Aldi has said that employment at the 24-hours a day depot will include long term skilled and unskilled workers. The regional centre will supply stores extending from Scarborough to Boston in Lincolnshire and from the western side of the Peak District to the east coast.

According to previous conditions, HGV deliveries will be between 7am to 3pm with no night-time deliveries.