Hoping for a jobs bonanza

Coun Peter Gibson
Coun Peter Gibson
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A JOBS boost is set to hit Wyre if a number of current business plans come to fruition.

According to Coun Peter Gibson, the leader of Wyre Council and Garry Payne, the chief executive of the authority, the next 12 months could produce hundreds of employment opportunities.

Sainsbury’s plans to develop land between Thornton Cleveleys FC and Burn Hall Industrial Estate close to Fleetwood Road North could create 300 jobs if it is approved by the council next month.

Jobs are also expected to become available once Booths begins to build its supermarket in Poulton, Natural Retreats star work on cabins in Bilsborrow and Myerscough College begin £4.4m in developments to expand its current site on St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow.

Mr Payne said: “What Sainsbury’s offers is an opportunity for those in the community who are not looking for a traditional nine to five manufacturing job.”

The pair also told The Gazette they would do their utmost to provide jobs to people living in Wyre if Halite’s plans to store gas in underground cabins in Over Wyre are given the green light by the Government’s Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

Mr Payne said: “Our track record of up-skilling people for employment is a good one.

“We previously worked with Global Renewable and offered a course which gave people the skills they needed to find a job with the company.

“More than 100 people applied for the course and just over 80 per cent completed it and got a job.

“We will work with which ever major investor gets the go-ahead to establish the opportunities to put them in the best situation to take up job opportunities.

“We have done that successfully before and we will do it again.”

Coun Gibson also said the council would do everything to secure jobs for local people.

He added: “We need to see what happens with the companies, but if we know what is going ahead we would like to link in and see what opportunities are available for people in Wyre rather than those living outside the area.”