THE start of operations to build a new print works has been marked with a turf- cutting ceremony on site.
The ceremony in Llangollen follows the appointment of JR Pickstock as principal contractor, and the commencement of site set up and ground clearance, in readiness for construction of the new Dobson and Crowther print works to begin next month.
Planning permission has been granted for a two phase development that will see Dobson and Crowther relocate to a new site and a new Sainsbury’s food store built on its old site.
A number of key stakeholders met at the Climedw site to see Llangollen mayor Cllr Robert Lube cut the turf.
They included Clwyd South AM Ken Skates; Austin Francis Sheminais, Llangollen Town Crier; Cllr Stuart Davies; Paul Holden, MD of Dobson and Crowther and Nick Scott CEO of J-Ross Developments Ltd.
Mr Skates said: “I am pleased work is now under way on this long-awaited and much-needed new factory, guaranteeing the future we all want for Dobson and Crowther.”
Cllr Davies added: “I welcome the start of the Cilmedw project.
“It is to be hoped it is just the beginning of a job creating site. It has been a long time coming to fruition.
“The majority of residents recognise the importance of it and the jobs that can be created for the future of our community.
“I was sad to hear about the loss of 30 jobs in the print works and I am doing everything I can to mitigate the effects of these job losses.
“I hope the new factory will be successful and that success will be able to make more jobs in the future. I wish the owners and the workforce all the best in their new factory.”
Mr Scott said: “We are pleased with progress on site and are working with our contractors, JR Pickstock Ltd, to fast-track our programme, ensuring the new facility is delivered as quickly as possible for Dobson and Crowther.”