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Deeside truck stop plans take shape

PLANS for a safe haven for truckers in Deeside are being finalised.

The £100,000 truck stop, to be located in Deeside Industrial Park, will be constructed by Dandy’s Topsoil and feature a number of facilities, including an American-style diner, TVs and a CCTV-equipped car park.

Dandy’s Topsoil owner Adam Dandy explained how plans for the truck stop, which would accommodate about 70 trucks, came about.

He said: “We got planning permission for the truck stop earlier this year and we are looking at building safe services for the drivers.

“We are hoping to have a restaurant, possibly a 24-hour facility, shower blocks and toilets in a homely, clean style and not so clinical.

“The restaurant theme is an American diner, a little like Starbucks, and there will be TVs showing different sports.

“The design for the services itself would be made so it’s easy for us to extend the building in the future.

“The services would be on one side of the Dandy’s building and the offices would be on the other so we can keep them separate.

“There will be 24-hour security on site and we will try to make it as modern and as enticing as possible. It will be a different take on motorway services.”

Mr Dandy said the facility would be a secure alternative to truckers having to rest by roadsides.

“We have been along Deeside and Sandycroft and counted how many trucks are parked alongside there, and it was about 40-50. Nobody wants to see somebody’s vehicle hijacked and our truck stop is going to be there to provide security.”

Work on the truck stop is expected to begin in March and could be complete by October 2012.