* An artist's impression of the new printworks.
J‐Ross Developments Ltd, part of The Pickstock Group of companies, based in Oswestry, is due to start work on a new printworks for Dobson & Crowther Ltd on the Climedw site this month.
This is part of the first phase of development that must be completed before work can start on a new Sainsbury’s foodstore nearby.
The development proposals form part of two planning permissions approved by Denbighshire Council in December 2012, which provided for local employer Dobson & Crowther Ltd to be relocated to a new purpose built facility at Climedw, a designated employment site on the outskirts of Llangollen, and the subsequent construction of a new food store and car park for Sainsbury’s on the existing printworks site.
It is anticipated that the first phase will take around seven months to complete and that the construction on the new food store site will start in the second half of the year, once Dobson & Crowther have decanted into their new premises.
Nick Scott of J‐Ross Developments said: “We are delighted to be starting on site with this exciting project and look forward to working with the Town Council and Denbighshire County Council to minimise any disruption during the course of construction.”
J‐Ross Developments have worked closely with Dobson and Crowther on the design of their new 4,180sq.m. (45,000sq ft) purpose built factory.
A press statement from J-Ross says: “The development represents a significant investment for Dobson and Crowther, who with approximately 100 employees is Llangollen’s largest employer, allowing their current operations to be modernised, achieving improved efficiencies which will ensure that they remain competitive in their market and helping to support the future of their business.”
“Once complete the new 3,205sq.m.(34,500sq.ft.) Sainsbury’s store will occupy Dobson & Crowther’s old site and will create around 130 new jobs, providing a major economic boost for the area, allowing local people to carry out their main food shop locally rather than travel out of town.
“Access will be improved from the A5 to accommodate the traffic movements, and a link with the footpath along the riverside will be developed to provide a safe and convenient pedestrian route to the town centre.”
Paul Holden of Dobson & Crowther said: “The workforce are thrilled by the prospects of moving in to a brand new factory and the benefits this will bring to the business. We are all looking forward to a busy but exciting year.”
Joanne Hawley, Sainsbury’s Development Surveyor, said: “We are delighted to be coming to Llangollen and are looking forward to opening the new Sainsbury’s foodstore. We will continue talking to local people about how Sainsbury’s can work together with all Llangollen Town Centre stakeholders and we will be starting to recruit new colleagues ahead of the store opening in 2015.”
Ken Skates, the Welsh Assembly Member for Clwyd South, said: “I have been a strong supporter of this project from the start and welcome this investment in the region and hope it will be the start of brighter things to come for Llangollen and the Dee Valley after the toughest recession we have seen for a generation.”
Llangollen county councillor Stuart Davies said: “I am very pleased to see the plans coming to fruition. I fully supported this development at the planning committee realising that it was going to safeguard existing jobs and create new ones.”