Things that have merit:
- brownfield unused site being cleared of contaminants and being brought into use.
- improvements to parking provision directly for customers of the Livesey Hall - will reduce the flood of cars taking up residential parking spaces up and around Perry Hill and its off-shoots that occurs when there is an event at the hall.
- introduction of potential new job opportunities for the local community
- two anchor businesses, ALDI and Scotia Gas Networks
Things that will be debated hotly:
- is the architecture of gas holders beautiful or horrendous
- can any Traffic Management Plan address the impact of traffic increases, particularly on Perry Rise and on Perry Hill
Assessment of “Key Facts” as presented at the exhibition.
Stated Key Fact: the development will introduce 160 to 200 jobs.
Scrutiny: Presenters at the exhibition seemed uncertain about how the numbers had been estimated. SGN’s representative indicated that in fact 150-160 SGN posts would be redistributed/transferred from other SGN locations in and around London. These are not new jobs. Discussions with Kier’s representative focussed around ALDI perhaps having circa 55 new personnel working on a shift basis and a prospective new restaurateur having some 20 to 25 new staff. Therefore the number of new jobs being made available to the local community may be more accurately cast at 70 to 80. This number is not insubstantial but is also predicated on a restaurateur being prepared to endeavour to establish a new business in an area not short of a wide range of restaurants & cafes.
Oh - and hello to the new site - good to see a number of “weel-kent” faces here.