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South Lakes council 'shocked' at GlaxoSmithKline's Ulverston investment back out

GSK will no longer be investing in its Ulverston site Credit: GSK

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) say they are 'shocked and disappointed' at pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKine's (GSK) decision to pull out its investment from its Ulverston site in Cumbria.

SLDC’s portfolio holder for the economy, Councillor Graham Vincent, said the news was a blow. He said the council's concern now is to understand the implications for the future of the current site and the existing GSK employees in Ulverston.

The SLDC's chief executive spoke to GSK management who have said there will be no immediate impact on the existing workforce and the site does remain profitable. The council have said they will assist the company in finding a buyer, to continue the operation of the facility, should they decide to sell up.

We have been in meetings and discussions with GSK in the last few weeks about unrelated matters and there was no suggestion that this announcement was on the horizon. We will work with the company, the local MP, town, county and district councillors and Cumbria LEP to offer whatever support is necessary.

– Councillor Graham Vincent, South Lakes District Council Economy Portfolio Holder

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Sellafield workers return to work

Sellafield Credit: PA

Hundreds of Sellafield contractors have returned to work following a walk-out last week.

The 1,100 contractors were angered by the state of a changing room on the nuclear site.

The Unite union now says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks this week.

Sellafield says it's will work with the union to address their concerns.

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Copeland Mayor: Moorside will have 'lasting legacy'

An impression of what the Moorside development could look like. Credit: NuGen

The Mayor of Copeland says he has complete confidence that the Moorside nuclear project will go ahead, and leave a "lasting legacy" in west Cumbria.

Plans for a multi-billion-pound nuclear site have been thrown into doubt by the financial struggles of Toshiba, the Japanese company that owns NuGen, who are responsible for Moorside.

NuGen is now carrying out a strategic review, to determine the future of the nuclear development.

Mike Starkie said he had discussed the problems with NuGen's CEO Tom Samson today.

It is crucial to West Cumbria that this project goes ahead to ensure that we have jobs and prosperity secured for present and future generations, ensuring a lasting legacy.

We believe this is the best of UK sites for investment, and as the Centre of Nuclear Excellence, we are well rehearsed in dealing with large scale nuclear projects.

I have today (Wednesday) spoken with the CEO of NuGen, Tom Samson, and I have had a frank and honest discussion with him. I am reassured that the reasoning behind the strategic review is to ensure that the Moorside project is on the right track and the commitment to its delivery assured.

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland
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