Morrisons quashes Ilkeston rumours

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A supermarket giant has quashed rumours that it has pulled out of opening a new store in Ilkeston.

Morrisons has announced that its new store being built on Nottingham Road will open as planned, despite rumours that the company had decided to abandon the plans.

A spokesman for the supermarket said that it was unclear where the rumours had started but confirmed that they were not true.

They added: “We are not pulling out.

“This is clearly just a rumour in the local area.”

The store had previously told the Advertiser: “Morrisons is committed to a new store in Ilkeston and looks forward to work commencing.”

The construction of the site has been overseen by St James Securities and the building work is nearing completion.

The new superstore was granted planning permission on October 17, 2012 at an Erewash Borough Council meeting and work began in January this year.

The store is being constructed on the old Derby College site between Field Road and Nottingham Road and is due to open this autumn.

Originally the planning application had been recommended for refusal by planners on the grounds that the Field Road development would take away trade from the town centre and that a more suitable site – the Albion Centre – should be developed.

However, councillors voted in favour of the development and the sale of the site allowed a new £10m campus for Derby College to be built in Pimlico, Ilkeston.

The planning application also includes 39 new homes and a petrol station on the site.

There had been fears by members of the public about pollution, increased traffic and the future of independent shops in the town centre, but those in favour were swayed by the promise of 400 new jobs.