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Development Could Bring 500 Leisure & Retail Jobs To Cumbria

27 Nov 2013

Development Could Bring 500 Leisure & Retail Jobs To Cumbria

A proposed development on the former Frontierland theme park land in Morecambe could create up to 500 leisure and retail jobs in Cumbria. It is also claimed that apprenticeships would be on offer during the construction phase of the project.

The plans, proposed by developers Opus North, include space for big brand fashion outlets, eateries with indoor and outdoor space, a hotel, a residential care home and a family pub - so the North West town could see new bar & restaurant jobs and hotel vacancies in addition to the retail position that would open up if the proposals are accepted.

Explaining why they think the proposals for the 32,000 square metre site at Frontierland (currently owned but unused by supermarket chain Morrisons) should get the okay from locals and council members, the Future Frontierland website says:

“If this regeneration plan gets the green light, the big name shops and restaurants it brings would attract new visitors and encourage residents to stay and spend money in Morecambe.”

Of the apprenticeships that would be created in the early stages of the development at Frontierland, Opus North say:

“Our experience is that community partners are vital in reaching out to the local labour market and engaging with groups that can be harder to contact, including young people looking for work and the long-term unemployed.”

Frontierland closed in 1999 and the land has never been successfully utilised in the 14 years since. Opus North and Morrisons believe that a £17 million investment will transform the site, but it remains to be seen whether local residents, Morecambe Town Council and the Lancaster City Council Development Control Committee can be convinced of the efficacy of the plans.

Opus North say they want to work closely with the local community in Morecambe so will hold exhibitions of the proposals for the public at the end of this month before submitting planning proposals to the council.

We will keep you up to date with any progress on the North West site and whether the apprenticeships and 500 jobs will become a reality for the region.

If you are studying in the North West of England and are interested in retail work, either on a full or part time basis, then take a look at our page of Manchester Retail Jobs. We also have a range of more general part time jobs in Cumbria for you to choose from.

For students interested in gaining some retail experience in other parts of the UK, check out nationwide page of Retail Jobs and apply for a position today.

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