Eddie Stobart plans could create 150 new jobs in Dagenham
18:30 03 October 2016
Up to 150 new jobs could be created if a “bespoke” distribution warehouse gets the go-ahead.
Both drivers and warehouse workers would be able to apply for the new roles at Dagenham’s Eddie Stobart Ltd site in Goresbrook Park, boosting the existing workforce to 400.
The proposed £10m redevelopment in Pooles Lane would involve the demolition of two warehouses currently “not fit for purpose” and replacing them with a modern distribution facility.
In the application submitted to the council last month, the road haulage company has promised neighbouring residents will not be disturbed by noise from construction or by the increased activity on the site.
Scrattons Farm Residents’ Association had suggested an alternative piling [a type of construction] technique than the one proposed to cause “less vibration and noise”.
However, applicants have assured residents that since no sewers run from the property in the direction of the adjacent houses, they would not be impacted by increased vibration.
The residents’ association has also called for easy access to contact contractors directly “in the eventuality of any problems that may arise”.
Alongside the 180,000 sqm building, the redevelopment at the 28 acre site includes relocation of HGV parking facilities and 13 extra loading bays.
A spokesman for Eddie Stobart Ltd said they were making efforts to make the area more amenable to neighbouring residents by “hiding the warehouse behind trees”.
He added: “Thanks to everyone who has commented on the application so far. We are keen to work with the council to make sure we can deliver the extra jobs and investment this scheme provides as soon as possible.”
If given the go-ahead, building would start early next year. A decision on the application will be made in December.