Monday 16 June 2014
Local business positive about job creation at Brownfield Camelot
A local joinery company has spoken out in support of proposed development of the former Camelot Theme Park site.
Bolton based Fielding Joinery, who work across the North West, have highlighted the scheme as an opportunity for them to secure local work for the future, as well as create a number of new jobs. Fielding Joinery is currently working on Story Homes Lancaster Moor ‘High Wood’ development in the county. The joinery company has been operating for more than 35 years, specialising in new build homes.
Chris Robinson, joint Director of Fielding Joinery said: “Projects like this are vital for small businesses like ours. A lot of our lads live in the area and the potential for us to secure long term work on the Camelot Theme Park site would mean job security for a number of my workforce. It would also give us the potential to recruit more staff. Its ideal really as it’s on our doorstep and will be a big boost for other trades and small businesses too.
“We are working with Story Homes for the first time on their development in Lancaster, their first project in the county, and we are really pleased with the partnership we have built over the last year. We wanted to work with them initially as they are a reputable company and provide reliable work and payment for us and we hope that they can secure additional developments in the North West in the future.”
At any one time, Story Homes will have around fifteen sub contracted staff working on a site. Many of these trades people are self employed or from small local businesses.
Story Homes has submitted a planning application for up to 420 new homes on the former theme park after the venue was no longer viable as a leisure facility.
Story Homes plans to regenerate the brownfield land and include up to 35% of homes designated as ‘affordable’ for the local community.
Story Homes has recently been shortlisted for the Lancashire Business Award. The BIBA’s have shortlisted Story Homes in the Construction Business of the Year. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at Blackpool Tower in September.