Wiltshire

Swindon B&Q distribution centre 'disruption' criticised

The construction of a B&Q distribution centre in Swindon has been criticised by some people in the area.

The 800,000 sq ft (74,000 sq m) centre, being built in Stratton St Margaret, is set to provide an extra 500 jobs.

The development has also led to the widening of roundabouts to make the area accessible for the extra traffic the centre will attract.

Owner of a nearby guesthouse Andy Ings said the extra noise had been "unpleasant" for him and his business.

Mr Ings said his business had incurred a loss of between £4,000 and £5,000 as a result of the building operation.

He said: "People come to us for a three-week stay and then book out because they can't put up with the disruption of the road, the noise in general, light pollution from the floodlighting."

The new centre is being built to provide services to all of B&Q's stores in the South West.

Gary Mealing, from Swindon's Chamber of Commerce, defended the development, saying the additional jobs created meant there would be and extra "500 families that have someone working in the town".

"The success of the Swindon economy relies on there being people employed in and around Swindon," he added.

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