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The future of motorway services? Farm fresh produce and 'tranquil atmosphere' as Gloucester Services opens

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Inside Gloucester Services

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FORGET fast food chain burgers and tepid bacon rolls – farm fresh local produce is leading the way at the newly opened Gloucester Services.

Commuters turning in to the M5’s newest convenience stop will be entering a world of deli delights.

The services finally opened yesterday between junctions 11A and 12 on the northbound carriageway.

Instead of KFC and Burger King, motorists are presented with an array of locally-sourced products and even a farm shop stocked with homemade cakes and pies, traditional regional cheeses and wild boar sausage rolls. No chain coffee shops, fast food joints or gambling machines are featured at the station.

Construction for the new services, which will employ 130 people, began in early 2013. Gloucester Services business manager Gavin Bastyan said: “This is an opportunity for many suppliers to showcase their produce and gain a great amount of exposure.

“Customers are already telling us how different we are from normal service stations, and we want to put the traveller first. We’re also able to use suppliers from the area without impacting on the trade of local farm shops.”

The £40million project will be completed next year when a southbound service station is built. Some 300 people will be employed by the two stations when completed. Gloucester Services is the sister of Tebay Services in Cumbria and works with 200 South West producers, 130 of them within 30 miles of the site.

Alexander Evans, farm shop buyer at the new services, said: “We want travellers to be inspired by the local produce around them and take away a piece of Gloucestershire. People on the motorways can get a bit jaded because most service stations are no different from each other and offer the same things. We want to offer something else.”


David Hill, from Cheltenham: “The station is individualist and also educational for children to learn where food comes from.”

Jane Hill, from Cheltenham: “The atmosphere is very welcoming and warm and it’s great they encourage local produce.”

Sonia Hay, from South Wales: “It’s a striking building, a warm atmosphere and when it’s all finished it will be very pleasant.”

Sandra Morgan, from South Wales: “When we were driving down it looked like a traditional farm shop.”

Jina Hawkins, from South Wales: “It’s a nice, tranquil environment and it’s got a great range of food. It’s a refreshing change.”

John Tozer, from Cam: “We came especially to see the new station and it wasn’t a wasted journey. It’s a really nice place.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  June 14 2014, 3:26PM

    So...has this been long enough for you to read the minutes?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  May 10 2014, 2:19PM

    Jas, I definitely did make an earlier comment specifying the minutes, but I believe that it must have been one of the many comments of mine that has been deleted. Someone keeps reporting my comments to the moderator, and some of them get deleted for no good reason. I still haven't seen the original planning documents that mention the £10 million, but the minutes of the Planning Committee of 8th January 2013 do provide proof of the government grant to Linden Homes. If my comments 'appear inaccurate', it is simply that they are being taken out of context, as I had assumed that previous comments had been taken on board.

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  • jas37  |  May 09 2014, 10:17PM

    Kay, Again your comments appear inaccurate to say the least- you certainly didn't mention this when I previously questioned you, in fact your exact words were " It must have been somewhere in the hundreds of pages of documentation". I read hundreds of these pages and didn't come across it but I will have another read and let you know my conclusion.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  May 09 2014, 8:47PM

    Jas, I have already told you this, but here it is again: Go to Gloucester City Council's website and choose the minutes for the Planning Committee meeting of 8th January 2013. Under application 12/01114/MOD (item 93 on the minutes), please read the second paragraph of the evidence of Simon Tofts (on behalf of the developer). There you will find indisputable evidence that the Homes & Communities Agency is donating in excess of £10 million to the Greyfriars development. This is a genuine £10 million that will definitely be paid, unlike the 'promised' £10 million that may or may not be paid to local charities by Westmorland at some future date, when they are making a sufficient profit from the motorway service area.

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  • NibNobs  |  May 09 2014, 11:50AM

    I went in there and all I could find to eat were fancy loaves of bread covered in flour, organic flour no doubt. Sadly no Greggs wonderful value delicious sausage rolls for 80p (4 for £2.75) :(

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  • jas37  |  May 08 2014, 10:46PM

    Kay, I'm afraid that many of us have serious doubts about your comments as they often seem to reflect your own personal agenda rather than the actual facts. I never did manage to find any mention of the £10M figure that you suggested Linden were receiving for the Greyfriars development. I am extremely willing to be proved wrong if you can indicate where the evidence can be found. I have searched extensively but I must admit I now doubt whether it actually exists.

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  • LordGagas  |  May 08 2014, 8:16PM

    Kay, they don't like the truth do they?

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  • taylke  |  May 08 2014, 6:23PM

    Tebay has been successful for many years so I don't see why this one shouldn't be equally as successful. It's certainly nice to have something other than KFC, McDonalds and similar fast food tat.

  • Stuntgirl1  |  May 08 2014, 6:19PM

    Imagine travelling to Birminham on the way back from Devon. The driver needs a break and his 3 lovely children are in the back, hungry and thirsty. Do they want a posh loaf of bread and a basket of locally produced veg or will they want something quick that their children will eat, then get back on their way. It's a lovely, romantic idea which I truly hope will work but they are not catering for the majority I fear.

  • NibNobs  |  May 08 2014, 5:53PM

    All that bread in the picture will surely 'go off' before anyone wants to buy it. Looks attractive though. However I suspect most spoilt kids (who never eat veg or anything green) out with their parents will be looking for the Burger King, KFC or Maccad's