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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 7th June, 2017)

HJ Heinz

HJ Heinz
HJ Heinz, Kitt Green.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: walt (north Yorks) on 7th June 2017 at 07:41

Mick, I like this picture but then I would, I was in the transport industry for 49 years up to my retirement in 2010. the last 13 years of my working life I drove for ASDA Wakefield and often collected from here but the entry for HGVs must have altered since I last visited it don't look the same. I also remember making deliveries into here when it was under construction in the early 1960s, back then I worked for White Star Carriers New Springs.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 7th June 2017 at 09:38

This isn't the entrance to the factory walt, it's the entrance to Wincanton's warehouse, farther down on Martland park. The factory itself is directly behind where Mick is standing, the old entrance being, as you know, on Spring road.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 7th June 2017 at 10:45

I don't think you will have come across this access Walt. It was built to service the NDC in the background and is relatively new. You are probably thinking of the security hut and HGV weighbridge off Springs Road which is still there.

Comment by: Linda on 7th June 2017 at 11:37

Walt, the photo is the Heinz National Distribution Centre at Martland Park just down the road from the factory. It's a monster of a building and, in my opinion, 'a blot on the landscape'.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 7th June 2017 at 16:32

Great clear picture but rather than the building, I think that truck container is the blot on the landscape.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 7th June 2017 at 16:42

Considering the vast tonnage of material, both raw and processed that enters and leaves the Heinz factory at Kitt Green, in the region of 1,000 tonnes of haricot beans alone are processed here every week evidently, and given that these beans arrive at the factory in shipping containers directly from the docks, I've often wondered why, with direct access to the rail network and with acres of semi derelict land lying idle nearby, the company hasn't chosen to install a rail spur, and bring at least some of the material in by rail. I'm no expert on these matters so I can only assume that it's all a question of economics.

Comment by: walt (north Yorks) on 8th June 2017 at 07:29

Thanks everyone I now understand where this is, I now recollect being diverted into this warehouse some years ago now -- Thanks again.

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