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Union: Plant owners will do everything in their power to help workforce

Regional Officer for Unite, Kelvin Mawer told ITV Calendar staff were told today that the power station would close by March 2016.

Last year's fire "didn't help" says a union spokesperson

Mr Mawer said that staff had predicted a closure, because all coal stations will eventually close, but most expected at least two to two-and-a-half years before Ferrybridge would shut its doors.

"It has come as a bit of a surprise coming so early," he said, admitting that the fire at the plant last year "didn't help".

"There are about 160-170 staff involved in this. SSE work really well with Unite the Union to try and redeploy staff. I understand that Keadby (near Scunthorpe) will be brought out of mothballs so there'll be 30-40 jobs there. And there are opportunities with SSE throughout the country. They are not a company who like to make redundancies, so they'll do everything in their power to help the workforce," he said.

"We knew there was a review within SSE about their coal-fired stations but we didn't realise there'd be such an impact so quick. But when you think of the fire they had last year, to repair that knowing that the station has a finite life-span anyway - if you put two and two together you'd come up with this, but it has come earlier than expected. It is sad, it really is sad."

'Stunned silence' as up to 170 job losses are announced at Ferrybridge

Up to 170 jobs are set to be lost at Ferrybridge Power Station after it was announced a fire last year cause irreparable damage to the plant.

'Stunned silence' as up to 170 job losses are announced at Ferrybridge

A Unite union spokesperson told ITV Calendar there was a "stunned silence" as the news was announced to staff at a meeting tonight.

It is thought the plant will close by March 2016. A full announcement is expected tomorrow morning.

SSE who own the power station have not yet commented.

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Morrisons suffers sales dip

The new boss of Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons said the business was listening hard to customers after the chain reported another drop in sales today.

The 2.9% decline in like-for-like revenues for the 13 weeks to May 3 comes on top of a 7.1% fall posted by the supermarket business a year earlier.

David Potts, who has more than 40 years retailing experience at Tesco, took over as Morrisons chief executive in March after a year in which the chain slumped to a loss of £792 million.

He said: "My initial impressions from my first seven weeks are of a business eager to listen to customers and improve.

"I have been very pleased by the desire and support of colleagues, and by the genuine warmth and affection for Morrisons shared by both colleagues and customers. "This is a business with many attributes, some unique. Our task is to use those advantages to improve the shopping trip for customers and create value."

Mr Potts is carrying out a review of the business which will report back at the time of the group's interim results in September.

He has already announced plans to axe up to 720 jobs from the Bradford head office as part of a drive to beef up staff on shop floors.

Morrisons to axe 20 bosses in second wave of management cuts

Around 20 bosses at Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons are being axed by new chief executive David Potts in a second wave of cuts to the top tiers of management at the under-performing high street chain.

Morrisons to axe around 20 bosses in a second wave of cuts Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last week Mr Potts announced he was disposing of the services of five directors on the 11-strong management team and now he is making cuts to the next tier down of manangers in a bid to make the business leaner to fight its discount rivals.

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Local shops to sell smartcard travel tickets

Rail, bus and tram passengers in South Yorkshire will be able to buy selected travel tickets from their local shop from today.

Sheffield supertram Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over 300 stores, where the Payzone sign is displayed, will sell and top up smartcard tickets from this morning. Passengers can currently get a range of 7 Day and 28 Day TravelMaster passes on smartcard – offering unlimited travel on South Yorkshire’s buses, trams and trains.

Smartcards can also be bought or topped up at ticket kiosks at transport Interchanges, and work to introduce online sales, mobile tickets and a pay-as-you–go system is underway.

“Travel tickets are already available through many different means. But together with local public transport companies, we are working to widen this range and to expand the number of places where people can buy tickets from.

“Making smartcards available at Payzone outlets offers convenience and choice. It is just one of the many ways we are providing smarter, more accessible products and services and giving people more public transport options that can be used when and where they want.”

– David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Deputy Interim Director General

For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/smart

Pints of view

Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way & Kyle Boote of the Helmsley Brewing Company Credit: North Yorks Moors National Park Authority

‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015.

The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.

Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.

It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.

Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched.

Enterprise Zone's green spaces given revamp by Leeds Council

A wide-ranging programme of environmental improvements are currently being undertaken by Leeds City Council in an area designated to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the city.

On hand to plant the last of the plants with the apprentices were Councillor Richard Lewis and Councillor Mark Dobson Credit: Leeds City Council

Since November last year, over 140 standard and semi-mature trees have been planted by the council as part of a continued drive to improve green spaces along the route of the A63 in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

This will sit aside further work in the enterprise zone being undertaken over the next 12 months by staff and 18 council apprentices which will include planting wild flowers and 2,000 saplings to create new woodland.

Over 50,000 bulbs will also be planted in October that will bring colour to the enterprise zone next spring.

With development work now underway across all four sites within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, including 425,000 sq. ft. of development and employment space currently under construction, these environmental improvements will play an important part in making the area attractive to investors and encouraging more businesses to relocate to the area.

New industrial premises designed for modern manufacturing companies and a £150m recycling and energy recovery facility at Newmarket Lane are already featuring in the enterprise zone while a £7.5 million programme of infrastructure and ground engineering work is also underway at Temple Green, the largest of the four sites within the enterprise zone.

Projects includes a new spine road to open up access to further phases of development and a 1000-space park and ride facility, scheduled to be operational in April 2016.

Work undertaken by the apprentices is part of a tailored training programme by the council’s parks and countryside team that offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of horticultural and environmental skills.

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