Caravan storage site on old Birds Eye factory land in Hull to be operational by end of month
The former Birds Eye factory site on Hessle road, pictured last year
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Aug 2017
A new caravan storage site in Hull will be operational by the end of next month, ahead of plans to build a new factory there.
Last year, Atlas Leisure Homes announced plans to relocate and build a new factory on the former Birds Eye factory site off Hessle Road.
Now, Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy has lauded the company’s plans to stay in the city and create jobs in the area.
The MP said local residents had raised concerns that the new storage area and future factory site would cause traffic problems, but she was pleased to hear about works to create a private road to the rear of the site for heavy goods and caravan transportation.
Ms Hardy said: “After residents spoke to me about their concerns I gave Atlas a ring and had a look around the site with operations director Robin Atkinson.
“At the moment they were clearing the site and levelling it for storage but it was really positive to see the site in use. It had been discussed for housing before but it was great that it was left as industrial space for a local business to come and use.
“There is a lot of work taking place, including building the road down Wiltshere Road for their private traffic, to avoid causing any issues for residents or drivers here.
“It’s a huge area of land that had been empty for so long. You want to see positive investment by local businesses, and Atlas said they had always intended to remain in the city, so I was really happy to see how things are panning out.”
Plans for the factory are still being discussed by the company, who build static caravans, while ecological works and restoration takes place around the site.
Andrew Innes, managing director of Atlas Leisure Homes said: “We commissioned some environmental and safety improvement works a few weeks ago in order to improve the external appearance of the site and enhance the habitat – this will be an ongoing project.
“Work on tidying and levelling the site in preparation for caravan storage has been completed and significant progress is now being made on the access road extension to Wiltshire Road. This should be completed in the next few weeks and storage of caravans will be operational before the end of September.
“Wherever possible we are commissioning local companies to implement the various elements of work required to achieve an operational and compliant site. The final stage will be to enhance the physical security around the site and access road and to undertake the ecological works and habitat restoration.
“There will be a period of time whilst we settle in the new storage operations and migrate current operations as we concurrently develop and consider plans and proposals for the factory design and build.
“These remains exciting times at Atlas as we continue to develop the company’s strategies.”