Labour Councillors in Unsworth have welcomed the beginning of work on the new multi-million pound Park 66 development at Pilsworth.
The scheme will see Home Bargains, The Food Warehouse, Costa Coffee and KFC open their doors for trading in Spring 2019, with a further 8,790 sq ft of retail space will also be made available.
Labour Councillor David Jones said: “We have been waiting for this for a long time. I am sure it will serve local people very well. It is what the area needs because at the moment it is an eyesore, and that is not good for the other businesses up there.”
Fellow Unsworth Labour Councillor, Joan Grimshaw, also welcomed the news that work had started on the development, but called for something to be done to alleviate traffic congestion on Croft Lane, which acts as a link between Pilsworth and Manchester Road. She said: “The residents are over the moon that at last something is being done with the site. Something needs to be done to alleviate congestion, though. At the moment, we only have one bus service every hour, which is why everyone uses their cars. We need more frequent bus services.”
Finally, Labour Councillor Tahir Rafiq, who was elected for the first time in May, said: “I welcome the Park 66 development and investment. The people of Unsworth are also very pleased that this development is happening on longstanding empty land, giving them more choice of shopping, food and leaisure. With the development located close to the motorway network, and with appropriate traffic management provisions, this will undoubtedly help improve the local economy and bring prosperity and employment to our area and at the same time it will generate much needed income for Bury Council.”
It is hoped that the development will create up to 300 jobs, with an additional 250 during the construction.