Jobs boost after car site takeover

Left to right, Billy Taylor, dealership manager, with Steve Ferry, marketing director of Vertu Motors, and Councillor Neil Foster at the new Bristol Street Motors Hyundai dealership in Peterlee.

Left to right, Billy Taylor, dealership manager, with Steve Ferry, marketing director of Vertu Motors, and Councillor Neil Foster at the new Bristol Street Motors Hyundai dealership in Peterlee.

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MOTOR trade jobs are on the way after a national firm pumped £1.5m into a disused car sales site.

The former Paul Cummings site on Peterlee’s North West Industrial Estate has been taken over by Bristol Street Motors.

Details of the jobs created at the new Hyundai dealership have yet to be revealed.

Bosses say various roles will be on offer as the business will provide a range of services from sales to MOTs.

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, visited the site to see the refurbishment work.

Coun Foster said: “This is a fantastic development for Peterlee. It’s great to see that a national company, which also has its headquarters in the North-East, can see the potential for economic growth and the regeneration opportunities in the town.

“It will hopefully provide other businesses with the confidence to invest in this area of County Durham.”

Bristol Street Motors is owned by national motor retail group Vertu Motors.

Robert Forrester, chief executive of the firm, said: “We are committed to investing in Peterlee and supporting the positive economic growth in the area. By redeveloping the redundant site, the dealership, which is located just off the A19, is perfectly located for customers in Peterlee and the surrounding towns.

“Completely renovating and installing the highest quality servicing facilities at the abandoned site demonstrates our commitment to Peterlee and fits with the dynamic business growth plans of Vertu Motors.”

Billy Taylor, general manager at Bristol Street Motors Peterlee, said up to 110 new and used cars will fit on the site.

He added: “The whole team is looking forward to being officially open.”