Erewash concrete firm receives boost in bid to win HS2 contracts

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An Erewash concrete firm plans to recruit 70 new staff as it eyes up contracts for HS2.

Stanton Bonna Concrete, in Stanton-by-Dale, wants to provide pre-cast concrete for the multi-billion project. 

And to boost its prospects of winning the work, it plans to expand its Littlewell Lane premises after securing the green light from Erewash Borough Council

It means the firm can push ahead woth plans to build a  8,329 sq metre precast concrete segment production facility, a concrete batching plant and a staff and welfare office - paving the way for at least 70 new jobs.

Councillors gave the plans the green light despite opposition from neighbours amid concerns over traffic and noise pollution. 

Colin Richardson, managing director of Stanton Bonna Concrete, told the meeting he project would allow the firm to obtain £10m worth of capital contracts.

He said: “We are part of the area’s heritage and have between 170 and 200 employees at any one time, depending on what projects we have.

“This project will safeguard the jobs and livelihoods of all these people as well as creating more jobs.

“We are bidding to secure work for several projects and are well poised for  secure contracts such as HS2.”

He stressed that his firm did not want to interfere with the lives of nearby residents.

Work at the current site would remain a 24/7 process.

Coun Howard Griffiths said: “The roads in this area really are inadequate and we know that.

“But the borough council does not have the resources to make major road improvements. Hopefully the borough council and county council will persuade government to make some investment to make improvements to the roads in the village.”

Ahead of the meeting, borough council officers wrote: “The proposal will allow a local business to expand and seek a contract to produce products required in the construction of the HS2 project.

“This will create additional jobs in the borough.”