Residents turn out to air views on plan for Aldi on former Daybrook Laundry site
DOZENS of residents turned out to have their say on plans to build a new Aldi store on an eyesore site in Daybrook.
The supermarket chain wants to build the store on the old Daybrook Laundry site, off Mansfield Road, in a scheme which would create up to 25 jobs.
The development would also include a car park and access road.
Aldi held a consultation event at St Paul's Church Hall, from 3pm until 7pm yesterday – and by 4pm more than 50 people had attended.
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Maureen Brassington, 71, of Edwin Street, Daybrook, near the proposed site, said: "I go to the Aldi in Huntingdon Street at least once a week, but I have to take two buses, so this store would easily knock an hour off my journey time."
John Bodd, 74, of Kennedy Close in Daybrook, was generally in favour but added: "Mansfield Road is very busy as it is and this development could contribute to congestion."
Brian Lawson, 74, of Brook Gardens in Arnold, said: "I think it's a very good idea – it will bring some well-needed competition to the area."
Pauline Holt, 70, of Edwin Street, who had previously called for the site to be cleaned up, said: "I think this is brilliant. Anything to get this site cleared up is welcomed and it will bring jobs to Daybrook.
"It used to be an eyesore."
Daybrook Limited obtained planning permission to build 115 homes on the site in 2009. As a condition, Gedling Borough Council required developers to provide an open space area off Salop Street. However, the company did not go ahead because of the cost.
Simon Mitchell, executive committee member at the Daybrook Area Partnership, who attended yesterday's meeting, was concerned this agreement would now be forgotten.
"There is a small play area off Salop Street but it's really very small," he added.
Ciaran Aldridge, property director at Aldi, who has been leading the project, said: "The feedback has been largely positive, which is very encouraging."
Mr Aldridge said Aldi would occupy half of the site – around 1.6 acres, and the rest would be kept available for potential housing developments.
Aldi plans to submit a planning application before the end of the year. It has agreed with Daybrook Limited to buy the site if consent is given.
For more information, call the project's freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.
What do you think of the plans? Contact our Arnold reporter Winnie Agbonlahor on 0115 905 1963 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.