New Moto Station to hold open day in Wetherby

OWNERS of the country's first carbon-neutral motorway service station at Kirk Deighton are set to host an open day detailing their eco-friendly plans and showcasing the range of jobs on offer.

The Moto service area, currently being built in the north-east quadrant of Junction 46 on the A1(M), will be the greenest in Britain when it opens for business later this summer.

Visitors to the open day, being held on Wednesday, May 14, between 9am and 5pm at Wetherby Town Hall, will be able to see an exhibition detailing the technology that will cut power consumption and carbon emissions.

It will also highlight the measures Moto has undertaken to protect and enhance local wildlife, ancient woodland, hedgerows and wild flower meadows.

The new service area will create 115 jobs and senior members of Moto staff will also be on hand to talk to visitors about career prospects with the company.

Area general manager of Moto Wetherby Jeff Parfrey said: "This will be the first opportunity we've had to show people at first hand what the service area will be like and what it will offer the community. We're hoping it will generate a lot of interest."

Plans for the service area were approved by Harrogate Borough Council's planning committee last September, bringing together a scheme which has been in the pipeline for 15 years and been the topic of three public enquiries, a judicial review and a Secretary of State referral in September 2005.

The service area, described by planners as "contemporary and modern", will include a petrol station, car, coach and caravan parking, picnic area and landscaping.

It will also accommodate an amenity building, which would house shops, restaurants, toilets and seating areas, and would be effectively self-ventilating by releasing warm air from the building through temperature-controlled vents in the roof.

A spokesman for Moto added ground source heat pumps would help heat the building and that water systems would help recycle water throughout the building.

The application did not include planning permission for a hotel, which may be submitted at a later date.

Anyone interested in applying for a job, but who cannot attend the open day, can send an e-mail at any time to