Transport Minister to Visit Proposed Site at Dandy's Rock Salt Supplies for First North Wales Truck Stop.

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Transport Minister for North Wales, Carl Sargeant, is set to visit Dandy’s Rock Salt Supplies in Deeside to discuss their plans for the first North Wales Truck Stop; due to open next door to Dandy’s Flintshire headquarters in August 2012.

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Proposed Plans for North Wales Truck Stop

We have received a lot of support from local Councillors’, representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government, local businesses and, perhaps most importantly, many, many truck drivers

MP Carl Sargeant agreed to visit Dandy's Rock Salt Supplies after the company contacted the Transport Minister asking him to lend his support towards the truck stop being adequately signposted on main roads and motorways leading to the park.

Dandy’s Deeside headquarters is currently being used primarily as a rock salt storage and packing facility while the business gears up for the harsh winter that weather experts have predicted for this year. In the spring and summer months the company and premises will revert back to producing and selling bespoke topsoils, landscaping and gardening supplies.
The proposed site for the truck park is adjacent to Dandy’s and was previously used as a truck parking facility by Iceland, making it a clear choice for the first truck park to be located in North Wales.

Dandy’s plan to ensure that the truck stop is a state of the art facility geared towards truckers but also accessible for other road users and those who work and visit the area and the industrial park in particular.
It is hoped that visitors will be able to choose from an array of facilities and amenities including a restaurant, coffee shop, games room, Wi-Fi access, shower blocks and shops. Managing Director of Dandy’s, Adam Dandy said; “We have received a lot of support from local Councillors’, representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government, local businesses and, perhaps most importantly, many, many truck drivers, all of whom are crying out for a facility such as our proposed park in this area.”

Planning has been granted for the facility to have enough parking spaces for up to seventy articulated vehicles and it will be a welcome addition to the industrial park as well as to North Wales in general. Articulated vehicles and LGVs are often forced to park at the side of the road on the estate; in the past this has led to theft and vandalism to the vehicles as well as causing access issues to and from businesses on the park. There have also been issues with litter and debris being left at the side of the roads once vehicles have moved on, all of which cause issues and problems for businesses and nearby residents.

The lorry park will be situated in the ideal location for truckers collecting from the docks at Ellesmere Port and the site has excellent transport links. This will mean that lorry drivers will be able to stop for their legal driving breaks somewhere safe and pleasant, rather than being forced to park on the side of busy roads.

General Manager of Dandy's, Jonathan Bellamy, commented; "The truck park will be ideally located for the new and expanding businesses set to flood the area following the recent Enterprise Zone status granted at Deeside. With this recent development and the fact that Deeside is the largest industrial park in Europe, a proper truck parking facility and services really is a must for the area."

The success of the lorry park largely hinges on prominent and clear signage being located in the right places; Dandy’s hope that having the Transport Minister for North Wales himself backing the project will be another tick in the right box for those who will ultimately give the go ahead for the signage.

MP Carl Sargeant will be visiting the site on Friday 25th November 2011; members of the local press and any interested parties are invited to attend the meeting to hear the Minister’s thoughts and to aim any questions regarding the plans at Managing Director, Adam Dandy.

Company History:
Dandy’s have been a family run business since 1896, famous for their topsoil blends and market leading websites;, and
The company purchased and moved to premises on Deeside Industrial Park in September 2010 after smashing sales records the prior two winters with Rock Salt and their own exclusive UltraGrip De-Icing Salt.


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