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Major Tewkesbury employer Cotteswold Dairy business puts plans for development on display

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Written by: Gloucestershire Echo & Gloucester Citizen | Posted 15 July 2015 7:10

Major Tewkesbury employer Cotteswold Dairy business puts plans for development on display

Expansion plans to secure the future of Cotteswold Dairy were on display as part of a consultation exercise.

An exhibition showing a phased expansion of the business off Northway Lane in Tewkesbury took place at Alderman Knight School.

The primary concern for exhibition visitors was the low level noise from refrigeration units which, they say, has been a pervasive problem for decades.

Visitors understood the need for expansion in order to secure 260 jobs, but also expressed desire for a permanent solution to the dull, persistent hum which emanates from building.

The business must upgrade its premises if it is to continue to grow, managing director, George Workman said.

Mindful of complaints about noise from residents of adjoining housing estate, Canterbury Leys, there are plans to move a loading bay away from a fence which backs onto the estate.

Mr Workman added: “We want to remain where we are so that we secure jobs for the people of Tewkesbury and surrounding area.

“Where the lorries are parked is quite close to some houses; there have been noise issues.We are looking to move these away from the fence.”

The plan is to expand the business, which produces more than 45,000 gallons a day, over 15 years.

An estimated dozen tenant businesses on the site will need to relocate.

Cotteswold owns the former Phoenix Bearings premises next to its main site which it hopes will become its lorry park, clearing space for phase one to start in early 2016 if plans are approved.

One woman from the estate, who didn’t want to be named, suggested the dairy would be better relocating to an industrial estate.

Christine and Jim Goodwin have lived the other side of a disused railway line which adjoins the dairy complex for the past 43 years.

The couple have relocated their bedroom from upstairs to downstairs, because of a low, persistent hum coming from refrigeration units.

Chris, a retired nurse, said: “The biggest thing for us is the noise. As long as it comes down, we will be happy.”

Barbara and Allan Fryer also live close to the dairy.

Barbara, a retired teaching assistant and Allan, a civil servant, have also moved bedrooms to a different part of the house to avoid noise disturbance. Allan said: “There’s constant noise from the cold store and compressors.

“We hear fork lift trucks reversing and the noise-baffling fencing isn’t long enough to dampen the noise.

“The cold store being moved closer to the railway line is an issue.

“ The constant hum is very disruptive.

“It’s the low level pitch that’s the worst part.”

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