Mixed reaction to town supermarket work


Kirstie Dolphin

WORK is due to start on a controversial multi-million pound scheme to relocate Llangollen's largest employer to make way for a supermarket

Construction work will start this month to relocate Dobson and Crowther print works, based in Llangollen, which is part of the first phase of development before work will start on a new Sainsbury’s to replace the building.

Dobson and Crowther Ltd is moving to a new facility at Climedw on the outskirts of Llangollen.

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said: “The news that work will soon get under way on the new Dobson and Crowther site at Cilmedw is fantastic news for Llangollen and is the starting point of what will be a key couple of years in terms of breathing new life into that area of the town.

“The new plant will protect valuable skilled jobs at one of the area’s key employers, and the subsequent building of the Sainsbury’s store will open up a significant number of new job opportunities for local people.

“I have been a strong supporter of this project from the start and welcome this investment in the region, and hope it will be the start of brighter things to come for Llangollen and the Dee Valley after the toughest recession we have seen for a generation.”

The first phase will take about seven months and construction of a new Sainsbury’s will start in the second half of 2014 with an aim of opening in 2015.
Joanne Hawley, Sainsbury’s development surveyor said: “We are delighted to be coming to Llangollen and are looking forward to opening the new Sainsbury’s food store.

“We will continue talking to local people about how Sainsbury’s can work together with all Llangollen Town Centre stakeholders and we will be starting to recruit new colleagues ahead of the store opening in 2015.”

Llangollen councillor Stuart Davies has welcomed the news that the short relocation of Dobson and Crowther, will safeguard 100 jobs for residents and Sainsbury’s will bring another 130 jobs into Llangollen.

He said: “This site is the future for proper jobs in the town.
“The development of the site opens it up for further job making possibilities.”
Martin Crumpton from Keep Llangollen Special, a community group against the new supermarket, said: “A 20,000ft supermarket to serve 7,000 is not a practical option.
“They claim it will bring in 130 jobs which is an outrageous figure and not plausable.”

Paul Holden of Dobson and Crowther said: “The workforce are thrilled by the prospects of moving into a brand new factory and the benefits this will bring to the business. We are all looking forward to a busy but exciting year.”

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