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GSK factory plans up for public scrutiny

Plans for a new GSK factory are up for public scrutiny.

The £350million factory, which would open in Ulverston, would double the number of jobs at the company in South Cumbria to 500 by 2021.

Resident in the area have been invited to give their opinions on the plans. The ones we spoke to all seemed positive.

"I think it's a good idea. It's good for Ulverston, hopefully, it's going to produce - provide - jobs. I'm a father and my son will be leaving school soon and there's probably not that many jobs for him. I run a business in the area and we're dependent on other businesses to survive."

– Nick Tate is from Ulverston

"I think the plans are really exciting. I think it'll bring a good economic boost for the area. I think it'll also have an impact on the housing market as lots of new families move into the area."

– Heather Garry is from Ulverston

Tricia Simonds has lived in Ulverston for two years. Her son-in-law works at GSK:

"I'm very impressed. I think it will put Ulverston on the map and tidy it up. The A590... it's going to tidy that up as you come up towards the entrance for Ulverston."

– Tricia Simonds, Ulverston

New jobs at GSK factory 'won't all be in science'

Plans for a new £350m GSK factory in Ulverston are open to public scrutiny.

The Biopharm factory will double the number of jobs at the company in South Cumbria to 500 by 2021.

But, ot all the jobs will be created in science. There'll be admin jobs. Mike Atkinson is GSK's IT Manager in Ulverston.

"The job market has been declining in the last 10 years and I think it's really good, especially for the younger generation who are looking to not necessarily move away from the area so it gives them an opportunity there as well."

– Mike Atkinson, IT Manager at GSK

The plans are currently up for for public scrutiny.

Pat McIver, Biopharm Site Lead at Glaxo Smith Kline, says although the site has been made an area of special scientific value for its wildlife, the building work will not endanger habitats.

"We're making provision for that within the new development so there will be some additional planting on the site, there will be a protected area on the site."

– Pat McIver, Biopharm Site Lead at Glaxo Smith Kline

New factory 'good for encouraging' women in science

A new multi-million pound Biopharm factory is set to open in Ulverston.

The plans are currently up for public scrutiny, with the site due to create twice as many jobs as there are now.

Anna Dinsdale, a Micro Biologist at GSK says that's good for encouraging more Cumbrian women to have a career in science.

"I've always been looking for a job around Cumbria but the limitations for a microbiologist - the opportunities - are not there really unless you go into a hospital career and that's not where I wanted my career to go. Particularly as a woman it's quite difficult to stay in this area and find a job in science. Having these opportunities on your doorstep just makes it a lot more appealing."

– Anna Dinsdale, Micro Biologist at GSK


£350m GSK factory set for Ulverston

Plans for a new £350m GSK factory in Ulverston are open to public scrutiny.

The plant would bring 500 jobs to the area Credit: ITV News Border

The Biopharm factory will double the number of jobs at the company in South Cumbria to 500 by 2021.

The plans are on display now Credit: ITV News Border

The company says it's working with the council to make sure public transport links enable people from all over the area to access jobs at the new factory.

The company is working with the council on public transport links Credit: ITV News Border

Woman who died after falling into water named

The woman who died after falling into water in Cumbria has been named.

60-year-old Sue Jones from Sarrerthwaite fell into water at Force Forge, Ulverston on Saturday 11 January.

Police were called to the scene at 10:45am and she was rescued at about 11am after fire and ambulance crews were also called.

Ms Jones was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in a serious condition, where she later died.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them on 101 and ask for Barrow CID.

Police appeal for witnesses to South Cumbria burglaries

Police are investigating after a burglary in Ulverston.

The break-in took place last night (21 November) at the Co-Operative store on Priory Lane.

The offenders forces their way into the store, taking cigarettes, alcohol and an amount of cash. They also attempted to force open a cash machine, destroyed CCTV camera's and the stories alarm system.

This incident follows numerous other incidents in South Cumbria.

  • Thursday 7 November - wires outside the Co-Operative Insurance store on The Square, Hawkshead were cut before those responsible forced themselves into the shop, damaging the internal alarm system
  • Tuesday 19 November - offenders have cut the telephone wire outside the Co-Operative Travel store on Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands before entering and damaging the alarm systems. No property was taken.
  • Tuesday 19 November - telephone wires linking to Flookburgh Post Office on Market Street were cut. No other damage was caused and the Post Office was not broken into.

Police believe these cases to be linked and are appealing to anyone with information about them to contact them on the 101 number and ask for Barrow CID.

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