‘We’re still committed to Christchurch’, says Beagle boss after Morrisons scheme is refused

‘We’re still committed to Christchurch’, says Beagle boss after Morrisons scheme is refused

Morrisons supporters outside the council chamber at Christchurch

Managing director of Beagle Technology John Taylor

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THE boss of Beagle Technology Group in Christchurch has said the company remains committed to the town despite planners refusing proposals for a Morrisons supermarket on the site.

A three-hour planning meeting last Thursday saw plans for the food store, which would have created 300 supermarket jobs, refused by councillors at Christchurch council.

If it had been approved, the proposal would have allowed the Christchurch-based company to relocate to premises at Bournemouth Airport, expanding their staff and modernising their premises.

In a statement on Bournemouth Echo’s website, John Taylor, managing director of Beagle Technology said: “Firstly may I thank the majority of readers for their support.

“Whilst we are disappointed by the result it is only one stage of a longer process and we remain committed to Christchurch and delivering our scheme.”

Mr Taylor praised employees for turning the company around after the strategic defence review in 2010 retired the Harrier from service. He added: “The Harrier support contract counted for half of sales that Beagle sold.

“At that time it would have been easy for us to give up but we did not.

“We rolled up our sleeves and looked at the options we had, which included the possibility of developing a supermarket on the Stony Lane site.

“Today I’m pleased to say I’m proud of the Beagle employees who have in a short time turned the business around.

“We now supply various markets including Aerospace, Marine and Defence.

“We now supply composite and metal components to many customers across the globe.”

He refused to comment on the next step for Morrisons’ developers following the refusal.

Last week’s planning meeting will continue this Thursday as revised plans for a food store at Meteor Retail Park go before members. It is also recommended for approval by officers – as was Morrisons – and Mr Taylor says he will be at the meeting to hear the result.

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7:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

I think Morrisons should install a mobile phone mast with a supermarket attached. They wouldn't need permission then.
I think Morrisons should install a mobile phone mast with a supermarket attached. They wouldn't need permission then. BIGTONE
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11:27am Tue 28 Jan 14

Chris Res says...

John Taylor’s sentiments are welcome.
We all hope that he finds a way to turn around Beagle’s fortunes and forge a profitable future without risking the well being of the town centre.

The employees at Beagle have worked very hard to protect their business and the shareholders should be very proud to see such commitment from their workforce.

Retaining a viable Beagle engineering business in Christchurch is of concern to us all.
However we should not allow planning decisions to hinge on the future of one business. Even Beagle.
If that one business is controlled by people who have built their businesses as property developers, (John Morgan and Jack Lovell) we naturally worry about their motives

Beagle’s passionate workforce should not be used to force the maximum planning advantage and property profit for the Beagle shareholders.
The people are owed the opportunity to build a successful engineering business and create shareholder value that way.

The Beagle business should become profitable with such a supportive team and with investment.
Morgan & Lovell are in a position to provide that investment directly with the resources they have. The team support speaks for itself!
..and Beagle won’t even need to move!
John Taylor’s sentiments are welcome. We all hope that he finds a way to turn around Beagle’s fortunes and forge a profitable future without risking the well being of the town centre. The employees at Beagle have worked very hard to protect their business and the shareholders should be very proud to see such commitment from their workforce. Retaining a viable Beagle engineering business in Christchurch is of concern to us all. However we should not allow planning decisions to hinge on the future of one business. Even Beagle. If that one business is controlled by people who have built their businesses as property developers, (John Morgan and Jack Lovell) we naturally worry about their motives Beagle’s passionate workforce should not be used to force the maximum planning advantage and property profit for the Beagle shareholders. The people are owed the opportunity to build a successful engineering business and create shareholder value that way. The Beagle business should become profitable with such a supportive team and with investment. Morgan & Lovell are in a position to provide that investment directly with the resources they have. The team support speaks for itself! ..and Beagle won’t even need to move! Chris Res
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11:54am Tue 28 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Morrisons ,you will get approval as soon as these councillors are ejected, and I feel that time will not be far off, after all they are constantly making errors ,the councillors think they have the right on all things local, they don't . I'm strongly in favour of ousting the lot of them ASAP .
Anyone willing to give the thumbs up on this one?
Morrisons ,you will get approval as soon as these councillors are ejected, and I feel that time will not be far off, after all they are constantly making errors ,the councillors think they have the right on all things local, they don't . I'm strongly in favour of ousting the lot of them ASAP . Anyone willing to give the thumbs up on this one? skydriver
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