Future of the Sanofi Aventis site
Following much speculation and interest from various investors including Sainsbury’s, a third public consultation event is being held for the public. The meeting is being held at the May and Baker Clubhouse at 7.00pm on 1st May. These public consultation meetings have been well attended in the past and local residents are urged to attend. The future of the site will have a huge impact on the local area and this is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposals and options available.
“This is an extremely exciting time for Dagenham East as all the options now available to the site would include a great number of job creations which would help to get local residents back into work. Sanofi Aventis have been superb throughout the whole process and have done their best to ensure that whatever replaces them on this site is in keeping with the makeup of the area and is the best option for the people of Dagenham East. I have full belief that this site will go on to be a key component in the regeneration of the wider Dagenham area.”
The company has already struck a deal with high-street chain Sainsbury to open a 400-staff supermarket and petrol station at the front of the factory, opposite Dagenham East Tube. Sainsbury’s are also holding their own consultation and exhibition meeting which will be open to the public. The exhibition is taking place prior to the company’s submission of their planning application.
If you would like to attend Sainsbury’s public exhibition it will be taking place at:
The Eastbrook School on – Friday 19th April 4.30-7.30pm and on Saturday 20th April 10.00am-1.00pm.
Sanofi are also looking to secure a deal to open an 80-room hotel and restaurant next to the supermarket, with science and technology laboratories and offices set to pop up across the site.
With regard to the new superstore Jon Cruddas added: “Following the disappointment surrounding the Tesco distribution centre in Rainham, it is now more than ever we need to ensure that it is jobs for local people. The discussions are still going on to ensure maximum benefits in the community and the public consultations have done much to help this – we are hopefully looking at thousands of local jobs in the next year or two for local residents.”