£35million Motorway Service Station Build in Gloucester

Monday, 13th February 2012
  PLANS to build a new £35 million motorway service station near junction 12 of the M5 have been approved by Stroud District Council's development control committee. The 66-acre development, at Ongars Farm in Brookthorpe, was a joint application submitted by Westmorland Ltd and Gloucestershire Gateway Trust who claim the plans will create about 300 jobs.   Now Liam Kelch, of Matson and Robinswood Residents Group, is preparing to handle the hundreds of new jobs that will be offered.   "We understand that there has been a lot of objection, but now we must focus on the positives," said Liam, who also works at the Gateway, a community hub in Matson Avenue. There are going to be a lot of jobs on offer for local people and we will be advertising them here when the time comes. It is exciting for a lot of local people."   The Gateway runs a drop-in job shop where residents are welcome to stop by and use the internet free of charge to help them in their job search.   The scheme, which is modelled on Westmorland’s award-winning Tebay services on the M6 in Cumbria, includes a north and south bound motorway service area with facilities including a cafe, a takeaway, shops, toilets, tourist information point, a fuel station and parking space.   The need for a new motorway service area at Brookthorpe is supported by Department for Transport policy, which identifies the site as one of half a dozen core gaps in the UK motorway network.