SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has welcomed plans by Aldi to open a new supermarket in Maghull - particularly as it will create 75 new jobs.
The Champion reported last month how the supermarket giant submitted a planning application to build a new store at the former Motor Range site, off the A59 Northway.
Mr Esterson, who held a Zoom meeting with Aldi representatives Emma Wilson and Bryn Richards, 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 car park will include charging points for electric cars with the ability to install extra charging points.
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.”
Bryn Richards, Property Director for Aldi, said: “We were delighted to meet with Mr Esterson 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 planning.department @sefton.gov.uk quoting the reference DC/2020/01437