BUILDERS are pressing ahead with the development of new shops in Kingsway.
Construction started on the site this month after developers won permission to extend the existing shopping precinct.
The Kingsway Local Centre will boast an extra 11 retail units, including one for a restaurant, when it is completed.
The new businesses will join the likes of Tesco Express, CoCo Coffee Lounge and Badham’s Pharmacy which are already well-established at the precinct.
There have been calls for a takeaway to be among the new businesses – and at least four of the units are thought to have been earmarked for food outlets, although no firms have yet been confirmed.
County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “It is good to see the second phase of development getting under way because the new phase of houses on Kingsway are being built very quickly and these people will want to rely on these facilities.
“Many people are hoping that there will be some sort of takeaway and a medical practice.”
The units are expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Mum-of-three Tracy Newman, from Valley Gardens, said: “A new takeaway would be great. It would be nice to be able to whiz around the corner to pick up a pizza.
“I’ve really struggled to get places at a medical practice and I’ve got young children so having some sort of surgery would be ideal too. There are enough people living on Kingsway now so hopefully it will happen.”
It comes as construction work has also started for the estate’s new community centre, which is being built opposite the site of the new shops.
The community centre is expected to open in August at which point Gloucester City Council will lease it out to a community organisation so that they can run it.
Quedgeley Parish Council are hoping to run it as they already manage the existing community centre in Kingsway, along with the sports centre at Waterwells.
Parish councillor Gill White, who is social secretary for the Kingsway Residents Association, said: “I am glad that work is finally starting.
“I’ve lived here for three years and this has been a long time in the coming. It is going to make a lot of difference to the community.”
Being built alongside it is a new sports pavilion and grounds, which will also be tendered out to a local organisation.
An announcement on what will happen with the designated site for a place of worship is expected soon. It is thought that the plot of land may have been bought by a Jehovah’s Witness group.