Consultation crucial over Woodford future

October 12, 2009 12:33 PM
Mark has continually stood up for the BAe workforce and the Woodford community

Mark has continually stood up for the BAe workforce and the Woodford community

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has written to local residents in Woodford to encourage people to attend a special public meeting this week called to discuss the future of the BAE systems site. This follows the official confirmation from BAe Systems that the site will close as scheduled in 2012.

The Woodford site has a long and proud history having given birth to iconic aircraft including Lancasters, Vulcans and Nimrods. Despite the official announcement, Mr Hunter is still working with other MPs to press the case for additional orders which could prolong the life of the site.

At the end of the Summer session of Parliament Mark was successful in calling for a special debate in Parliament, when a powerful cross-party plea to 'buy British' was made. Disappointingly the Government appear to have chosen an American based alternative to the option of commissioning three new Nimrods. Mr Hunter has pledged to continue to fight for the 1100 plus workforce currently employed at the site.

Given BAe Systems seem to have already made their minds up, Mr Hunter is insistent that local people should be consulted about the future use of the site and has backed the special public meeting which is to be held next Thursday 15th October at 7pm in the Woodford Community Centre. On Friday of last week Mr Hunter with other local MPs has again met with senior BAe representatives and officials from Stockport Council for top level talks.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Whilst I will continue to make the case for further work to come to Woodford, it seems that the key decisions are now taken and we need to turn our attention to the future.

"However we must never forget the historic significance of this site and the contribution of thousands of workers past and present.

"Those of us who know the area well understand the significance of the Woodford site, and recognise the importance of a careful decision about the future.

"I encourage all local residents with interest or concerns to attend Thursday's public meeting. We are talking about our jobs, our community, our local economy. People must have a say in their own future."

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