300 new jobs in Matson at M5 eco service station
JOBSEEKERS in Matson are preparing their CVs in anticipation after plans for a new £40million service station were approved, bringing 300 new jobs to the area.
After an 18-month legal battle, the motorway service area (MSA) at Brookthorpe will now get under way after a last ditch bid to derail it failed last week.
The development, between M5 Junctions 11a and 12, is the brainchild of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Westmoreland, and they have promised that local people will get priority for the new jobs.
Mark Gale, chief executive of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, said: "We will be focusing our recruitment in the target areas of Matson and Stonehouse and nearby areas. We want to get jobs for as many local people as possible."
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Mr Gale has already spoken to residents in Matson about expressing an interest in jobs at the MSA.
He added: "I have been speaking to lots of people and getting a list of names together. I would also urge people to pop into the Gateway, in Matson Avenue, and put their name forward. The first round of jobs will be building ones, then after that we will be looking for people to take on the permanent jobs."
Mr Gale added that if the legal battle had not happened, the MSA would have been open now. As it stands, petrol will not be pumped for at least another 18 months.
Liam Kelch, chairman of Matson and Robinswood Residents' Group, believes this is a great opportunity for all those out of work in the area.
He said: "This is vital for Matson and it is great news that it is going ahead. I know discussions are ongoing with contractors to recruit locally and that is superb.
"A lot of the initial jobs, such as site cleaning, require very few qualifications too so there should be something for everyone. We really need the jobs here in Matson, and they are jobs that people can do, they are not hugely specialised."
Those looking for work and interested in putting their name forward for a position should call in at the Gateway and speak to Liam.