Cwmbran Morrisons plan could create 350 jobs

AROUND 350 news jobs will be created in Gwent as UK supermarket chain Morrisons announces plans for a new Cwmbran store.

The company, which has 382 stores nationwide, has submitted a planning application to Torfaen Council to build the shop on the northern end of the Arvin Meritor site in Grange Road.

As well as a 37,000 sq ft store, there would also be a cafe, a petrol station and a 496-space car park.

Prior to yesterday, the supermarket giant was not able to confirm its interest in the site.

The deal with ArvinMeritor will also provide the factory with cash towards the continued development of its factory as the earmarked site for the development is used as a car park for the company's 600 staff.

Arvin Meritor, which can release the land on the northern end for sale, has submitted a statement supporting the proposals, saying it can maintain its levels of production within the reduced site and there will no job losses as a result.

The statement says the company is concerned any failed or delayed applications would be "a major setback to the hard work we have done in building and promoting a future for this business in Cwmbran."

The positions created by the development would be a mix of around 150 full-time and 200 part-time jobs.

Should plans be given the go-ahead, Morrisons would join Asda, Sainsbury, Lidl and Aldi in the town.

Morrisons' development surveyor James Brook said the proposals would fit in with the council's long-term plans for the redevelopment of the area and he hoped these plans would encourage other businesses to invest in the area.

Leader of Torfaen Council, Bob Wellington, said: "We welcome any development which brings jobs to Cwmbran, in whatever shape or form, we support them."

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12:28pm Wed 29 Apr 09

Gwent says...

Gwent does not exist.
Gwent does not exist. Gwent

12:30pm Wed 29 Apr 09

KazB says...

This is good news. I can't wait for Morrisons to come to Cwmbran. It's a great store with plenty of bargains to be had. It will be an asset especially now that some of the stores already in existence in Cwmbran are looking a bit 'tired around the edges'.
This is good news. I can't wait for Morrisons to come to Cwmbran. It's a great store with plenty of bargains to be had. It will be an asset especially now that some of the stores already in existence in Cwmbran are looking a bit 'tired around the edges'. KazB

1:44pm Wed 29 Apr 09

Gwent Lives! says...

Gwent wrote:
Gwent does not exist.
In the the heart and soul, Gwent will live forever.

Besides if it's good enough for Gwent Police, Coleg Gwent, Gwent Health Authority, The Royal Gwent Hospital, Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, etc, etc, etc, then it's good enough for the rest of us.
[quote][p][bold]Gwent[/bold] wrote: Gwent does not exist.[/p][/quote]In the the heart and soul, Gwent will live forever. Besides if it's good enough for Gwent Police, Coleg Gwent, Gwent Health Authority, The Royal Gwent Hospital, Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, etc, etc, etc, then it's good enough for the rest of us. Gwent Lives!

3:38pm Wed 29 Apr 09

Pawl says...

I seem to have heard this pointless argument before. Call it what you want to, you'll be right in your own eyes and wrong in the eyes of others.....
I seem to have heard this pointless argument before. Call it what you want to, you'll be right in your own eyes and wrong in the eyes of others..... Pawl

4:46pm Wed 29 Apr 09

groucho1 says...

Gwent's always sounded better than Torfaen.
Gwent's always sounded better than Torfaen. groucho1

5:05pm Wed 29 Apr 09

homepage says...

Leader of Torfaen Council, Bob Wellington, said: "We welcome any development which brings jobs to Cwmbran, in whatever shape or form, we support them."

That is truly hysterical. Less than a month ago, Torfaen Labour Group (headed by Bob Wellington) voted through a "Contractor Framework Policy" which gives all Contract work to 3 firms. Sadly, the 3 firms are from Caerphilly, Cardiff & Bridgend. Local firms have lost out, people have been laid off and work is being given to only those 3 firms for the next 4 years.

Farcical!
Leader of Torfaen Council, Bob Wellington, said: "We welcome any development which brings jobs to Cwmbran, in whatever shape or form, we support them." That is truly hysterical. Less than a month ago, Torfaen Labour Group (headed by Bob Wellington) voted through a "Contractor Framework Policy" which gives all Contract work to 3 firms. Sadly, the 3 firms are from Caerphilly, Cardiff & Bridgend. Local firms have lost out, people have been laid off and work is being given to only those 3 firms for the next 4 years. Farcical! homepage

5:23pm Wed 29 Apr 09

stevey says...

Labour speak with fork tongue.
Labour speak with fork tongue. stevey

5:57pm Wed 29 Apr 09

jester123 says...

Gwent wrote:
Gwent does not exist.
pity you didn'
[quote][p][bold]Gwent[/bold] wrote: Gwent does not exist.[/p][/quote]pity you didn' jester123

6:49pm Wed 29 Apr 09

daiwa says...

Hmmn. If the pricing is the same as at Rogerstone, apart from a few "Sprat to catch a Mackerel"offers we will not have much to look forward to.
Hmmn. If the pricing is the same as at Rogerstone, apart from a few "Sprat to catch a Mackerel"offers we will not have much to look forward to. daiwa

7:20pm Wed 29 Apr 09

gingertom says...

i like morrisons but these supermarkets are taking over wales. They are horrendous to walk around I don't want these at the expense of smaller shops.
i like morrisons but these supermarkets are taking over wales. They are horrendous to walk around I don't want these at the expense of smaller shops. gingertom

7:40pm Wed 29 Apr 09

nehpets snave says...

Mr wellington states.We welcome any development that brings jobs to cwmbran in whatever shape or form!.. BUT THE COUNCILLOR DIDN'T WANT A PRISON.. A prat and a hypocite.
Mr wellington states.We welcome any development that brings jobs to cwmbran in whatever shape or form!.. BUT THE COUNCILLOR DIDN'T WANT A PRISON.. A prat and a hypocite. nehpets snave

1:24am Thu 30 Apr 09

THE CAMELEON says...

homepage you have hit the nail on the head .nehpets snave so have you .
homepage you have hit the nail on the head .nehpets snave so have you . THE CAMELEON

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