ONLINE shopping giant Amazon is expected to move to a massive warehouse on Stratford district’s doorstep.
The company, owned by the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, has long been rumoured as the tenant for the Redditch Eastern Gateway.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean appeared to confirm the news when speaking in the House of Commons but Amazon remains tight-lipped over its plans.
The gateway project has been mired in controversy since its inception. Originally billed as a hi-tech business park, only a small section of it actually lies in Redditch borough, the bulk being split between Bromsgrove district to the north and Stratford district to the south.
The potential Amazon site – based in the northern section – features a massive warehouse complex with docking bays for 121 heavy goods vehicles, parking for 127 more, 475 car parking spaces and even three bus stops.
It would bring highly skilled, digital and tech jobs to the area.
But the gateway project has prompted some concerns.
Fears of increased traffic along the A435 led to a re-routing of vehicles heading south bypassing Studley. Noise and pollution concerns have also been raised by residents.
And local campaigners also fear if the Amazon move becomes a reality they will face a 24 hour operation bringing increased traffic, noise and pollution.