After 5 years of planning, an innovative £40 million project to build a motorway service area which will generate income to support local communities and charity groups is finally coming to fruition. Work has started on the site between Junctions 11a and 12 of the M5 just outside of Gloucester.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) is a unique charity working to create charitable benefit in the county by supporting regeneration and creating new long term income sources for some of their local community partners.
The £40 million project, in partnership with Westmorland Limited, will generate income to support nearby target communities, as well as charity partners in Gloucester and Stonehouse. The project will also seek to create as many build related and permanent job opportunities as possible for these areas.
GGT Chief Executive Mark Gale explains, "This project would never have even started within out the visionary support of the Summerfield Trust. At the beginning of the development process in 2007, when our six trustees had only a vision, an identified opportunity, but not a penny in the bank, the Summerfield Trust secured and held the project site in trust to give the communities time to develop their proposals and find the right commercial partner to work with. Their support has made possible every benefit that flows now and in the future".
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