New jobs created at Markham Vale service station

Markham Vale
Image caption Work on the former Markham Vale colliery site started in 2006

More than 60 jobs are being created at a service station development on the site of a former Derbyshire colliery.

The site at Markham Vale near Chesterfield will take on 63 people, which will include 20 unemployed local people, mostly aged between 18 and 24.

The development is the latest stage of a £77m project set up on the derelict colliery in 2006.

Led by Derbyshire County Council, it is hoped the regeneration project will eventually create 5,000 jobs.

The service station will include a petrol forecourt, a convenience store and some restaurants, managed by Euro Garages.

Derbyshire county councillor Joan Dixon said: "Markham Vale is going from strength to strength, attracting more companies to Derbyshire because of the site's location and its excellent transport links."

In February the Markham Vale project received a £14.2m boost after successfully bidding for government money.

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