Plea made to maximise job opportunities

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A non-political committee should be set up to maximise the job opportunities now available in Wyre.

This is the aim of Coun Alan Marsh, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, who is calling on community leaders to ensure all potential job prospects are grabbed with both hands.

During tonight’s Wyre full council meeting, Coun Marsh will urge councillors to use their “best endeavours” to help residents make the most of employment opportunities.

These could come from developments including the building of a hotel on the former site of Fleetwood Pier, the Sea Defences scheme in Anchorsholme and Rossall, and work on the Orient building in Fleetwood.

Coun Marsh said: “The opportunities are once in a decade. We can put pressure on the contractors of the sea wall because we need to make sure people are trained for the jobs.

“Everyone needs to be doing their little bit.

“If we start with a committee that’s non-political – just a group of people who have the authority to talk to developers – to try and reach an agreement on these issues, we can move it forward.”

The decision to approve plans for a new hotel in Fleetwood was controversial and was preceded by protests at the site.

Coun Marsh added: “It should now be drawn to a close because it’s been approved.

“We need to try and ensure a lot of people are involved in its construction and get the service jobs that come after it.”

Coun Gordon McCann economy portfolio holder at Wyre Council, added: “I support any initiative that would increase the job opportunities in Wyre.

“We will work with all contractors to make sure all opportunities for training, work and apprenticeships are taken.”