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Royal Wootton Bassett residents have expressed concern over the proposed opening of a brand new £30million motorway service station of their space. Pushback primarily revolves across the potential worsening of current visitors points within the rural Wiltshire city.

The Moto Hospitality initiative goals to determine the companies close to an M4 junction south of Swindon. Although it’s stated to generate 150 jobs and function around the clock, native individuals are up in arms.

Chris Bailey, a resident, didn’t again the transfer, saying: “It’s a junction that is already super busy as it is and I can’t help but feel that a service station is just going to bring problems.”

He added that it might put pressure on the neighborhood, citing considerations reminiscent of water shortages exacerbated by the station’s presumed heavy water utilization.

Debby Hughes-Morris additionally attacked the plans, saying: “It’s in between two services already and we don’t need it and we don’t need the traffic.

“We’ve had enough time with them building the roundabout and we really don’t need it. There is a benefit to the jobs but it isn’t a groundbreaking number of jobs.”

Local lorry driver Robert Humphries stated: “Why on earth do we need three that close together, it just doesn’t seem any point, there’s stretches of motorways with long distances between services, but that isn’t a long distance.

“It’s a waste of money and time, and I don’t think it’s better for the community.”

In distinction, South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland welcomed the proposal, he stated: “This is information that I welcome, as I’ve been beforehand contacted by a number of native residents who’ve raised points with HGVs round Blagrove and the world getting used as a bathroom.

“This is very unpleasant, and a new Motorway Rest Area would provide a much-needed stopping and toilet point – as well, of course, as new jobs to the town.”

A spokesperson for Moto Hospitality – the UK’s largest motorway services operator – told The Swindon Advertiser: “Our plans have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the local community with the project bringing in a wave of new job opportunities, much needed EV infrastructure and addressing the lack of HGV parking spots, which we know is an ongoing concern to both drivers and local residents in the area.

“We’ve actively encouraged local stakeholders to engage with us throughout the consultation process. The response has been incredibly encouraging and has driven our design process.

“We’re proud to have mirrored their key priorities in our planning utility, reminiscent of the usage of photo voltaic panels as a supply of sustainable vitality, and a residing inexperienced roof inside our remaining plans.”