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Building For The Future

Friday August 27th 2010

Residents in a North Derbyshire village were today given the chance to take part in fun activities which celebrated the continuation of an ambitious multi million pound redevelopment programme.

The new Development Scheme Plans

Clay Cross will soon see a new Tesco superstore, retail units, bus station and link road created as part of the New Bridge Street scheme. The second phase which will come on board later this year will see a health centre and more retail units built.

It's been a huge project which has been in the pipeline for many years but, once begun, has kept the community at it's heart. Residents of the village have been consulted at every stage, their views taken into account and have been instrumental in designing artwork including a sculpture which will form a central point of the development.

GMI Chairman, Pete Gilman GMI construction Group are the company behind the scheme, Chairman Pete Gilman (pictured left) has been trying to get the project off the ground here for over 20 years.

He says, "Clay Cross deserves this, it's been neglected and this scheme will change it totally - over the next 5 years it'll be totally transformed". He's proud that the community has taken shared ownership of the scheme and says it's an example of how "business and community can work together".

Local schools have been heavily involved, contributing good ideas and enthusiasm. Mr Gilman is hopeful that the scheme will be completed within twelve to eighteen months - the last part of the development will be the affordable housing which will happen in about four or five years when the financial climate improves.

Tesco has begun the building of it's Eco-store, featuring combined heat and power plants,  lots of wood used in construction techniques, rainwater harvesting, remover funnels in the roof which will cut down the need for air conditioning and ground breaking refrigeration units, meaning the store will be hugely energy conscious.

Tony Fletcher, Corporate Affairs Manager of Tesco The company will create 270 jobs in the area, with 120 of those part of a scheme to get the long term unemployed back into employment. Tesco has been inundated with applications during this first round of recruitment and are currently reviewing them.

Tony Fletcher (pictured left), the Corporate Affairs Manager of the retail giant says "We're looking forward to bringing the new store to Clay Cross and are hoping it will be open before Christmas, it'll be a very family orientated store and we're  looking forward to integrating into the community". He's confident that it will blend well with local traders.

The Clay Cross Mural by Urban Canvas
Anthony Donnelly begins work on the Clay Cross mural with Councillors and representatives from GMI and Tesco watching the first ideas handed over by local Clay Cross Children.

Artwork from the community will feature here too with artist Anthony Donnelly from Urban Canvas using ideas from locals to form a mural which will feature in the side wall of the store. He's using memories and nostalgia from local residents - the things that make Clay Cross unique. Stories collected will be painted on to the background of the mural.

Chesterfield Football Club's speed machine takes a beating! During the community event, balloons were released, families could take part in art and sculptural activities, or try their hand (well, their feet!) on Chesterfield Football Club's speed machine.

Plans for the scheme were on show, along with representatives from all major parties available to answer queries.


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