AN exciting step forward in the Grow in Wychavon economic plans has taken place as construction has got underway at a ten acre employment site in Pinvin.

The site is located at one end of the Wyre Piddle by-pass, just north of Pershore, and benefits from direct access on to the A44.

Known as Interbrook, the site was purchased at the end of last year by Wychavon District Council and work has started on a new council depot which will accommodate the vehicles for the district’s waste, recycling and street cleaning services operated by FCC Environment.

The new depot will see operations moving during July this year from two current depots in Droitwich Spa and Evesham.

In turn it is planned that the Evesham site in Abbey Road will then be available for the town’s new fire station which will subsequently free up the Merstow Green site for the planned new Waitrose supermarket.

The depot will only take up a small part of Interbrook with the remaining part of the site available for purchase by businesses looking to build new premises.

Councillor Paul Middlebrough, leader of Wychavon, said: "Interbrook has been designated for employment land for a good many years and we’re pleased that we have now been able to bring it forward for local economic growth and new employment.

"This is an exciting part of our Grow in Wychavon economic plans."

The project will also help Wychavon’s contractor FCC Environment to be more efficient by consolidating their depot facility.