Garden centre given permission for new building

The plans have been approved by Powys County Council
The plans have been approved by Powys County Council

The Derwen Garden Centre on the outskirts of Guilsfield, has been given permission for a new building that can be used as a shopping display area, and for storage.

The garden centre is owned and run by the Joseph family, who also run the nearby Dingle nurseries at Frochas.

The area earmarked for the building is already used to display outdoor garden furniture and compost.

The new building will be 20.9 metres in length, 9.9 metres in width and a maximum height of 7.8 metres.

Agent Rebecca Richardson said: “Derwen Garden Centre would like to enhance the shopping experience and ensure that goods are secured by creating a new shed, which will allow the public to shop undercover.

“The building would link to the existing building via and undercover roof.

“The steel framed shed would have a basic private stair case to an open plan storage area above for the storage of goods not on display.”

Powys County Council planning officer Rhys Evans recommended giving the application conditional consent.

He said: “The existing site is already used for outdoor furniture display and the public have access to this space.

“The building is to provide coverage for these goods by allowing customers to shop undercover.

“It is therefore considered there is a satisfactory need for the building to provide additional coverage and the proposal would not have an adverse impact upon existing retail centres given the existing use of the site.”

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Mirfield: Face mask cameras installed at garden centre

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image captionCustomers are alerted to the need for face coverings by the software at the garden centre

A garden centre has employed mask recognition technology to help stop customers entering without coverings.

Whiteley’s Garden Centre at Mirfield, West Yorkshire, has installed cameras linked to software at the entrance point to spot anyone without a mask.

Face coverings must be worn by

customers in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres around the UK.

The software scans faces and where it finds visible points such as a nose or mouth it flashes a message on screen.

Managers at the centre said they had seen a “90% drop in customers refusing to wear a face covering” which meant they no longer had to have a member of staff manning the door.

General Manager, Peter Williams said: “Customers’ and employees’ safety should be a top priority for all retailers in the current environment.

“I was very excited to see how our visitors reacted to this new system and I must admit I was overwhelmed with the volume of positive feedback we’ve received from customers and employees respectively.

“Our customers are feeling safer coming into the centre knowing that we are doing our best to support national efforts to suppress the virus and our employees are very appreciative of the technology removing the confrontational element, asking customers to put on their mask.”

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Dobbies Garden Centre: Award winning butchers to open in Edinburgh store

Dobbies Garden Centre has welcomed an award winning butcher to its Edinburgh branch.

Walter Smith Fine Foods will be open from Friday in the food court of the garden centre where it will provide locally-sourced meat.

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As well as cuts of beef, lamb and pork, a lot of premade meals will be available including pork pies, lasagne and cottage pies ready to be put in the oven.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “Walter Smith Fine Foods is a brilliant addition to our Edinburgh store and we’re sure that the butchers will be popular with our customers.

“At Dobbies, we pride ourselves on offering customers a wide range of quality produce, freshly-baked goods and general grocery items all under one roof.”

Dobbies has also recently announced that it will be partnering up with Sainsbury’s supermarket to offer more convenience food to its customers.

Robert Jones, Retail Director at Walter Smith Fine Foods, added: “We’re delighted to be launching our butchery and deli counter at Dobbies’ Edinburgh store, and look forward to customers trying our award-winning products.

“We’ve been in business for 135 years and we are proud to deliver quality service and, of course, the best quality meats and produce.”

There will be a 10% discount for Dobbies Club members from Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 26 at the Edinburgh branch.

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