Walk of protest at Chippenham warehouse bid site

Walk of protest at Chippenham warehouse bid site

Protesters before their march around the proposed Range warehouse site. Picture by Paul Morris

Chris Dawson, founder of the Range

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Cepen Park residents staged a protest against plans for a 15-metre high warehouse with 150 HGV movements, day and night, through Chippenham.

Residents’ Association members walked around the perimeter of the proposed 750,100 sq ft distribution centre for home, garden and leisure retailer the Range on Saturday.

Traffic and light pollution were the major concerns of the 34 who gathered at the site, west of the A350, between Allington Farm Shop and the golf club.

The plans are a venture between the Range, First Industrial and Chippenham 2020, who say it will add £34 million a year to the county’s economy.

But Chevral Close resident Margaret Burbidge said the location, opposite Celandine Way, would be wrong.

“It is going to be a huge monstrosity," she said.

"It is going to impact on the traffic in our estate. And they’ll have to have lights on 24 hours for security.”

Proposals include 854 car spaces and 75 goods delivery bays. About 150 HGV movements a day are expected, most from 6am to 10pm, but some deliveries would be made at night.

Husband Brian Burbidge, 66, said: “It will open the floodgates for a huge industrial estate. There are brownfield sites available, for example on the A4 opposite Sainsbury’s, or the airfield at Hullavington.

"The A350 is the western boundary. We will end up with every tree being cut down and be a concrete jungle.”

But The Range, which held an exhibition of its plans two weeks ago, said the A350 created a natural boundary with the new site and the residential area.

There would be 200 to 350 staff on site at any time, with shifts starting at 7am, 3pm and 11pm.

Mr Burbidge said: “350 staff are going to be leaving and 250 more coming at 3pm, when the schools are coming out.”

Oliver Bertram, development director at First Industrial, said feedback had been positive.

He said: “A large number of respondents are excited about the prospect of a major employer investing in Chippenham, creating hundreds of new jobs and supporting the economy.

“The site layout is being carefully considered. We will look at opportunities to mitigate any impacts.”

Building could start next May, with an aim of opening in spring 2016.

Views on the plans have to be emailed by tomorrow, to chippenhamrdc@turley.co.uk

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1:05pm Thu 31 Jul 14

djqster says...

Are these people worried a massive generic warehouse might spoil their massive generic estate?
Are these people worried a massive generic warehouse might spoil their massive generic estate? djqster
  • Score: 31

1:50pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

The bypass was built with roundabouts so some development there was inevitable. How about a few thousand houses?
Then again, isn't it better to have some job creation locally?
The bypass was built with roundabouts so some development there was inevitable. How about a few thousand houses? Then again, isn't it better to have some job creation locally? Paul Tucker
  • Score: 33

2:38pm Thu 31 Jul 14

vox sanitatem says...

Just when I thought I wouldn't see another "nimby"mania article.

Along comes this cracker with it's usual malcontents, all of whom chose to live there, knowing the area would expand further!
Just when I thought I wouldn't see another "nimby"mania article. Along comes this cracker with it's usual malcontents, all of whom chose to live there, knowing the area would expand further! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 21

3:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bchippenham says...

have people got nothing better to moan about , I wonder how many of these will apply for a job at the range ( chris dawson any job applications from anyone from cepen park north I would file them in the bins on the not so posh estate ).
TRAFFIC - I don't think they will be driving there trucks through your estate.
CPNRA - one of you should clean the brickwork around your sign before a photo shoot.
have people got nothing better to moan about , I wonder how many of these will apply for a job at the range ( chris dawson any job applications from anyone from cepen park north I would file them in the bins on the not so posh estate ). TRAFFIC - I don't think they will be driving there trucks through your estate. CPNRA - one of you should clean the brickwork around your sign before a photo shoot. bchippenham
  • Score: 14

7:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bristolian_ExPat says...

CPNRA - Cepen Park North Resist Anything.
The residents comments reek of NIMBYism, I mean talk of concrete jungles and mass tree felling! Anyone would think they are gonna cut down the amazon rain forest to build another spaghetti junction - get real people!
I notice also there are kids, a dog and plenty of handbags in the picture. Is that to simply swell the perceived numbers at your protest or do they all have an informed opinion on the proposed development.
I think you should let the dog do his own thinking, he would love The Range as they do an awesome line in dog chews and squeaky toys.
CPNRA - Cepen Park North Resist Anything. The residents comments reek of NIMBYism, I mean talk of concrete jungles and mass tree felling! Anyone would think they are gonna cut down the amazon rain forest to build another spaghetti junction - get real people! I notice also there are kids, a dog and plenty of handbags in the picture. Is that to simply swell the perceived numbers at your protest or do they all have an informed opinion on the proposed development. I think you should let the dog do his own thinking, he would love The Range as they do an awesome line in dog chews and squeaky toys. Bristolian_ExPat
  • Score: 13

7:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Phorever says...

Give it a rest. Some of us are looking forward to the exciting job opportunities The Range will offer.
Give it a rest. Some of us are looking forward to the exciting job opportunities The Range will offer. Phorever
  • Score: 9

11:48am Sat 2 Aug 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

I was going to write something about whining NIMBYs opposing anything that benefits Chippenham, but I think that point's been made several times already.
I was going to write something about whining NIMBYs opposing anything that benefits Chippenham, but I think that point's been made several times already. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

Could we please call a halt to the 'any jobs means it's a good thing' argument. This employer will create a multitude of low paid, insecure, zero hours jobs. In turn the rest of us will be subsidising this companies profits by providing Housing Benefit and Tax Credits to their underpaid workforce. If they were to offer fill time jobs paying a living wage then the jobs argument has a case.
Could we please call a halt to the 'any jobs means it's a good thing' argument. This employer will create a multitude of low paid, insecure, zero hours jobs. In turn the rest of us will be subsidising this companies profits by providing Housing Benefit and Tax Credits to their underpaid workforce. If they were to offer fill time jobs paying a living wage then the jobs argument has a case. kimcrawley
  • Score: -9

9:52am Sun 3 Aug 14

Phorever says...

Surely subsidising is better than paying in full?
RDC's do tend to offer a good wage. The problem is when employment agencies get involved. Then the agency workforce suffer a low wage while doing the same work as full time staff.
There is a large company in Chippenham with a workforce of over 500, that has about 130 agency working there. The agency staff earn between £2 to £4 per hour less than the full time staff (depending on section) with no sick pay, no pension, and the holiday pay is never a full days wage. (between £20 and £50 a day. It goes up if you do more overtime, but goes down if you go sick) Yet some of the agency have been there 5 years. A lot of these agency are counting on this new Range RDC opening up so they can get a better wage, a full time job (not agency) with better pay conditions.
So if the range take on their own staff, it should be quite good. But if agencies get involved then the wages will be bad. And I am alarmed to see (I may be wrong) that a councillor that is for this, runs a local employment agency. If so, I bet she is after the contract.
Surely subsidising is better than paying in full? RDC's do tend to offer a good wage. The problem is when employment agencies get involved. Then the agency workforce suffer a low wage while doing the same work as full time staff. There is a large company in Chippenham with a workforce of over 500, that has about 130 agency working there. The agency staff earn between £2 to £4 per hour less than the full time staff (depending on section) with no sick pay, no pension, and the holiday pay is never a full days wage. (between £20 and £50 a day. It goes up if you do more overtime, but goes down if you go sick) Yet some of the agency have been there 5 years. A lot of these agency are counting on this new Range RDC opening up so they can get a better wage, a full time job (not agency) with better pay conditions. So if the range take on their own staff, it should be quite good. But if agencies get involved then the wages will be bad. And I am alarmed to see (I may be wrong) that a councillor that is for this, runs a local employment agency. If so, I bet she is after the contract. Phorever
  • Score: 5

10:29am Mon 4 Aug 14

wiltshireborne says...

Something will get built there sooner or later so what are the choices?
Business units, leisure centre or housing.
While I would prefer some leisure facilities on this side of town, I'd much rather have a business unit there than a housing estate or a Mc Chicken King.
And to the moaners of Cepen Park - what do you think the residents of Hardenhuish Lane thought 20 years ago when your hosuing estate was built? Why do you get the right to complain about something that is massivley less significant than the place you live?
Something will get built there sooner or later so what are the choices? Business units, leisure centre or housing. While I would prefer some leisure facilities on this side of town, I'd much rather have a business unit there than a housing estate or a Mc Chicken King. And to the moaners of Cepen Park - what do you think the residents of Hardenhuish Lane thought 20 years ago when your hosuing estate was built? Why do you get the right to complain about something that is massivley less significant than the place you live? wiltshireborne
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

sn14view says...

When Cepen park got built it was part of a democratic planning process on land that got considered by the local community – properly promoted , in keeping , local plan etc. – the A350 ring road – paid for no doubt of the back of it … and schools etc. paid for . There has never been any wish , thought idea or anything else to build the other side of the A350 and this is just about money . Farms are cheap land … land for factories and shops etc is expensive . Nothing to do with jobs .. its just about money . Wilts planners will hopefully recognise that and bin it . Green belt’s should be preserved as they are everywhere else .. its not nimbys …have some respect for the ( your) environment .
When Cepen park got built it was part of a democratic planning process on land that got considered by the local community – properly promoted , in keeping , local plan etc. – the A350 ring road – paid for no doubt of the back of it … and schools etc. paid for . There has never been any wish , thought idea or anything else to build the other side of the A350 and this is just about money . Farms are cheap land … land for factories and shops etc is expensive . Nothing to do with jobs .. its just about money . Wilts planners will hopefully recognise that and bin it . Green belt’s should be preserved as they are everywhere else .. its not nimbys …have some respect for the ( your) environment . sn14view
  • Score: -10

5:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

We really have hit rock bottom when the myopic right wing loonies justify an unwanted, inappropriate development with sneering comments about the democratic right to protest.
The business will leach money from the local economy by not paying a living wage. Until these companies are compelled to provide an income without the need for state subsidy, the bill for increased levels of Housing Benefit will fall to the poll tax payers in this county. The government is proposing to reduce the council's spending even further, which services will suffer because another grubby tory party donor want's to take advantage of the 'Income Support' provided by us for crap employers.
I hope all you smug tories have a huge gas fracking plant built under and around your houses.
We really have hit rock bottom when the myopic right wing loonies justify an unwanted, inappropriate development with sneering comments about the democratic right to protest. The business will leach money from the local economy by not paying a living wage. Until these companies are compelled to provide an income without the need for state subsidy, the bill for increased levels of Housing Benefit will fall to the poll tax payers in this county. The government is proposing to reduce the council's spending even further, which services will suffer because another grubby tory party donor want's to take advantage of the 'Income Support' provided by us for crap employers. I hope all you smug tories have a huge gas fracking plant built under and around your houses. kimcrawley
  • Score: -14

5:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dragon22 says...

How many of these people would be protesting if they lived in the town centre? Of course its NIMBYs, traffic through the estate is hardly going to be affected when there is a main road link directly to the site and as for light pollution they wont exactly be pointing spotlights into your bedroom windows will they? Like it or not you live in one of the largest towns in the area and its only likely to get bigger.
How many of these people would be protesting if they lived in the town centre? Of course its NIMBYs, traffic through the estate is hardly going to be affected when there is a main road link directly to the site and as for light pollution they wont exactly be pointing spotlights into your bedroom windows will they? Like it or not you live in one of the largest towns in the area and its only likely to get bigger. dragon22
  • Score: 5

7:08am Tue 5 Aug 14

Bristolian_ExPat says...

kimcrawley wrote:
We really have hit rock bottom when the myopic right wing loonies justify an unwanted, inappropriate development with sneering comments about the democratic right to protest.
The business will leach money from the local economy by not paying a living wage. Until these companies are compelled to provide an income without the need for state subsidy, the bill for increased levels of Housing Benefit will fall to the poll tax payers in this county. The government is proposing to reduce the council's spending even further, which services will suffer because another grubby tory party donor want's to take advantage of the 'Income Support' provided by us for crap employers.
I hope all you smug tories have a huge gas fracking plant built under and around your houses.
Smug tories? Ill have you know i don't read the mail, express nor telegraph!
In any case surely the smug tories are the delightful people, dogs and handbags of the CPNRA whose only motive for protesting is the ill-conceived fear that their precious house price will be affected. Nowt more torie than that!

As for a fracking plant, i would love one especially if it means cheaper energy prices so i have more money in my pocket to spend at The Range WHEN it gets built.

Now run along, those trees arnt gonna hug themselves!
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: We really have hit rock bottom when the myopic right wing loonies justify an unwanted, inappropriate development with sneering comments about the democratic right to protest. The business will leach money from the local economy by not paying a living wage. Until these companies are compelled to provide an income without the need for state subsidy, the bill for increased levels of Housing Benefit will fall to the poll tax payers in this county. The government is proposing to reduce the council's spending even further, which services will suffer because another grubby tory party donor want's to take advantage of the 'Income Support' provided by us for crap employers. I hope all you smug tories have a huge gas fracking plant built under and around your houses.[/p][/quote]Smug tories? Ill have you know i don't read the mail, express nor telegraph! In any case surely the smug tories are the delightful people, dogs and handbags of the CPNRA whose only motive for protesting is the ill-conceived fear that their precious house price will be affected. Nowt more torie than that! As for a fracking plant, i would love one especially if it means cheaper energy prices so i have more money in my pocket to spend at The Range WHEN it gets built. Now run along, those trees arnt gonna hug themselves! Bristolian_ExPat
  • Score: 3

9:13am Tue 5 Aug 14

politepanda says...

Bristolian_ExPat says... "As for a fracking plant, i would love one especially if it means cheaper energy prices so i have more money in my pocket to spend at The Range WHEN it gets built."
I don't mind the Range - changes to Chippenham (they're coming - like it or not) or people campaigning to try to prevent change. That's life.
But as for the fracking - I REALLY don't mind if it's in YOUR back garden, Bristolian. Provided you don't live anywhere near me.
Fracking in my back yard? No thanks - you can put me on your nimby list.
Bristolian_ExPat says... "As for a fracking plant, i would love one especially if it means cheaper energy prices so i have more money in my pocket to spend at The Range WHEN it gets built." I don't mind the Range - changes to Chippenham (they're coming - like it or not) or people campaigning to try to prevent change. That's life. But as for the fracking - I REALLY don't mind if it's in YOUR back garden, Bristolian. Provided you don't live anywhere near me. Fracking in my back yard? No thanks - you can put me on your nimby list. politepanda
  • Score: 1

9:25am Tue 5 Aug 14

Phorever says...

If people don't like what's happening in Chippenham, then feel free to leave.
The A4 is thataway.
If people don't like what's happening in Chippenham, then feel free to leave. The A4 is thataway. Phorever
  • Score: 3

11:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

We love the Gerald says...

I can understand this proposed development being seen as unpleasant by local residents, but they need to face the fact that they live on one edge of an expanding town. My house had fields behind it when built nearly 40 years ago. Very pleasant but we recognised the inevitability of them being built on, and that's what happened. And of course our own house was built on fields which previously provided a pleasant outlook for the earlier residents.

So the Cepen Park people need to recognise that they can't stop it unless the developers are tripped up by planning regulations. They'd do better to concentrate their energies on campaigning for more screening, I can't see that Range need that very long frontage (free advertising of course) onto the bypass. Look at the screening in front of B&Q (but oddly not Curry's - seems like some Bath Road residents made appropriate noises and others didn't.)
I can understand this proposed development being seen as unpleasant by local residents, but they need to face the fact that they live on one edge of an expanding town. My house had fields behind it when built nearly 40 years ago. Very pleasant but we recognised the inevitability of them being built on, and that's what happened. And of course our own house was built on fields which previously provided a pleasant outlook for the earlier residents. So the Cepen Park people need to recognise that they can't stop it unless the developers are tripped up by planning regulations. They'd do better to concentrate their energies on campaigning for more screening, I can't see that Range need that very long frontage (free advertising of course) onto the bypass. Look at the screening in front of B&Q (but oddly not Curry's - seems like some Bath Road residents made appropriate noises and others didn't.) We love the Gerald
  • Score: 8

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