A RECOVERY plan to tackle the impact of the closure of Halls of Broxburn will invest up to £29 million over the next five years.
A total of 1,700 jobs will be lost when the plant, owned by Vion, closes its doors finally in February, but West Lothian Council plans to work closely with the Scottish Government to put the recovery plan in place.
John McGinty, leader of West Lothian Council, said: “This week, we are in the position where the plant is shedding jobs and, before Christmas, we are expecting a further 500 people to be made redundant – with all 1,700 jobs lost by February.
“It is good news that our negotiations have progressed well and, while it won’t bring a great deal of comfort at this time for the families, we hope that they will see that there will be positive opportunities for them in the future. We welcome the £16.6 million of Scottish Enterprise funding being directed to West Lothian and the further money which will bring the total value of the recovery plan to around £29 million.”
The new plan hopes to create around 3,000 jobs over the next three to five years, and provide support for Halls staff with opportunities to retrain or find other employment.