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IT was a good news Monday for Peterborough today with three major companies seeking applicants for more than 2,000 jobs.

IT was a good news Monday for Peterborough today with three major companies seeking applicants for more than 2,000 jobs.Today the jobs boom was hailed as a "new horizon'' for the city, which is standing on the threshold of another momentous phase in its development.

The jobs rush has been sparked by two huge distribution centres that are set to open in the next few months.

The Tesco warehouse, which is due to open later this year in Parnwell, will employ 1,070 people. A further 850 jobs are to be created by retail giant Debenhams, which is set to open its distribution warehouse off the Fletton Parkway in the summer.

Meanwhile, travel firm Thomas Cook, based in Coningsby Road, Bretton, completed the good news picture by seeking to fill 100 new positions in sales and customer service.

Cllr John Peach, deputy leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "This is excellent news. I am delighted because this is part of a bigger picture that the council has worked hard to achieve.

"We want to attract new investment, and not only because of the office space and travel links we can offer, but also for the quality of life for workers as an environment city.

"At a time when there have been employment cuts in many

industries, it is satisfying to see that Peterborough is still attracting new jobs.

"With the Masterplan and the new North Wesgate set to come, the city can now go from strength to strength."

Cllr Raja Akhtar, mayor of Peterborough, said: "Any new jobs is good news, but to have 2,000 is absolutely fantastic.

"It just shows that large companies realise that Peterborough is a great place to invest. This is the start of a new horizon."

Liz Wade, head of economic and community regeneration for the city council, said: "We are delighted that these new jobs are being created in Peterborough, which will contribute to the city's continuing prosperity and its agenda to grow further in the future."

Debenhams, which has department stores across the country, has built the distribution centre to support its growing numbers of stores.

The site includes a 730,000sq ft warehouse, a two-storey office building, pallet stores, 71 loading bays and parking for 91 lorries and 500 cars.

The new 726,000sq ft Tesco warehouse will be a refrigerated central distribution centre for short shelf life grocery produce.

It will serve 200 retail stores within an 80-mile radius, and has 74 docking bays and 498 car spaces.

Today's good news is contrast to fears over jobs at Hotpoint where 400 workers are to be laid off for a week, and 28 skilled engineers were laid off at car parts manufacturer Triplex, in Walton, after the parts supplier was hit by the collapse of MG Rover.