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We’re on our Kerry Way
Friday 21st March 2014 @ 06:00 by Max Wieland
THE BIG REVEAL: The wraps come off the Kerry Way plaque.

THE BIG REVEAL: The wraps come off the Kerry Way plaque.

The £3.2m Kerry Way brought much fan-fare to Godley last Thursday with a vision to pave the way for future jobs.

Starting at Mottram Road and finishing at the Tameside Council’s 7-hectare development site, Council leader Cllr Kieran Quinn believes the half-mile road is good news for the borough.

“The opening of Kerry Way is fantastic news,” he declared.

“After years of planning and negotiation we are pleased to open this new public highway which will not only provide improved access to one of Tameside’s biggest food manufacturers, but will also open up a development site capable of delivering a significant number of new jobs for Tameside’s residents.”

The road has been built on land previously owned by Kerry Foods – a leading producer of consumer chilled and frozen products – and will not only open up a Council-owned development site, but will also improve access to the Godley Hill plant, where more than 600 people are employed.

The project’s wheels were set in motion thanks to a £2.1 million funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) – who encourage growth and jobs in the private sector – and £1.1m from Tameside Council.

In a statement released jointly from the Council and Kerry Foods, a nearby primary school were singled out for particular praise.

It read: “The Council and Kerry Foods Ltd are pleased that children from Godley Hill Community Primary School’s Eco Committee have been involved in the project throughout.

“They have learned about the dangers of both working and playing on construction sites and environmental issues and practices associated with both the construction of the road and food production within the Kerry Foods plant.”

Bringing the work to an end on the project, 14 pupils from the Godley school planted some shrubs at the site as part of the official opening ceremony.

– You can read more on this story along with more photos in the current edition of the Tameside Reporter (March 20).