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Work begins on £45m Witney development

Posted: 01/02/2008 14:20:09

A sod-cutting ceremony will mark the start of work on site at the Marriotts Close development, Witney.

Cllr Roger Curry, Chairman of the Council, senior District councillors and the Mayor of Witney, will join Director of Simons Developments, Luke Pickering, for the ceremony on Tuesday 5 February at 10am. Amanda Hill, of funding partner Kandahar, will also attend.

The development will provide an M&S store, Debenhams Desire, New Look, Monsoon, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and a 5-screen Cineworld cinema, as well as new homes. The scheme is due to open in Autumn 2009 and will provide a significant number of new jobs in the area.

Luke Pickering said: “It is really exciting to be on site developing what we are sure will be a great addition to Witney, and this has only been achieved through a relationship-based approach.”

Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council added: “This new development will really help to consolidate Witney’s place as a shopping destination and together with a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, additional car parking provision and recreational space will be a great asset to both the town’s and the wider district’s economy. We will be working hard over the next 18 months to ensure that the whole town and surrounding area reaps the benefits generated by the new complex.”

Marriotts Close will be the first of Simons’ sites to use an Enviro-Cabin, developed collaboratively by Simons and its preferred suppliers. The eco-friendly site accommodation is capable of cutting CO2 emissions by up to 50 per cent, and is expected to save over 45 tonnes in emissions over the 80-week development period at Witney.

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