Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson welcomed the announcement of 75 new jobs and said he was encouraged by plans put forward by supermarket chain Aldi for a new store at the old Motor Range site in Maghull.
Mr Esterson met Emma Wilson and Bryn Richards from Aldi to discuss their plans and to hear how the company was working with residents and highways engineers to mitigate the impact of the development on Northway.
Bill Esterson MP said: “There are 75 new jobs, which are all either full time or part time on guaranteed hours, which is good news for my constituents in East Sefton.”
The MP was told that disruption to people living nearby would be minimised by having routine deliveries just once a day and unloading directly into the store.
The new store will reduce its use of electricity by using the energy from the chiller units to heat the store and by having energy-efficient foundations and ceilings.
The car park will include charging points for electric cars with the ability to install extra charging points. The Aldi team say the company recycles packaging and they will implement a traffic light system to limit numbers in store due to the spread of the coronavirus. Road access to the store will be traffic light controlled and the new junction between Northway and Liverpool Road South has been designed so that the Aldi lights will be in sequence with the existing traffic lights.
Mr Esterson added: “Aldi have done a good job reassuring many of the neighbours and have agreed to retain the existing trees and to install additional fencing to minimise noise and disruption. The way Aldi have approached the project is a good example of responsible business and I hope that other businesses will follow their lead in planning new developments nearby. My constituents stand to benefit from the additional shopping facilities and from the jobs being created and this is good news for East Sefton. Thank you to Emma and Bryn for sharing the plans with me.”
Bryn Richards, Property Director for Aldi, said: “We were delighted to meet with Mr Esterson this week to discuss the proposals for our new store in Maghull. Many loyal customers over the years have asked us to bring a community store to Maghull, and we are excited to be another step closer to achieving this, as well as providing 75 much-needed jobs for local people and regenerating a brownfield site.”
Residents can comment on the planning application which has now been lodged with Sefton Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference DC/2020/01437
PIC: Bill Esterson MP on the Zoom call with Aldi’s Emma Wilson and Bryn Richards