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Poundland plan to create 800 jobs with new distribution centre in Wigan

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Retail chain Poundland are aiming to create 800 jobs with a proposed new distribution centre in Wigan.

The facility will be located on the South Lancs Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield, subject to planning approval, and will serve the company's North West network of shops.

David Molyneux, Wigan Council's cabinet member for economy, said:

"This is fantastic news for Wigan Borough and shows why we are a major player in the creation of a Northern Powerhouse."

"Major investments in the borough are crucial to the local economy and will enable our local residents to access good quality jobs and new opportunities."

"This will be the largest single employment-creating application that we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and in my view would rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 1950s."

– David Molyneux, Wigan Council

The Poundland site will cover more than 30,000 square metres on the former land of Georgia Pacific in Lockett Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. A planning application for the site has been lodged with the council and will be decided on a date to be set.

The development has the potential to create up to 800 jobs in the coming years, including skilled jobs both full-time and part-time as well as apprenticeships, said the council.

Stockport Council to buy football club's Edgeley Park ground

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Stockport Council will make an offer to buy Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground.

The Council voted unanimously to make the offer after current owners Cheshire Sports allegedly received an offer from a third party who may have chosen to knock the ground down.

Councillors praised a petition with more than 4000 signatures presented to the Council previously in the hope they would buy the ground and keep it in operation.

Controversial power station route to be chosen

National Grid will be announcing the route it has chosen for building connections to link the proposed nuclear power station near Sellafield to the grid.
Environmental campaigners say giant pylons will ruin the Lake District landscape. They have argued that most of the huge cabling should be hidden under the Irish Sea.

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The decision follows a 12 week consultation period.

Hundreds of jobs could be at risk at postal firm Whistl

Hundreds of jobs could be at risk at the postal firm Whistl.

The Dutch owned company, which operated as a competitor to Royal Mail, has suspended deliveries from its three sites in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and London.

The company says it's not yet certain that jobs will be lost, but some workers have said "as far as they're concerned they're being made redundant."


Postal firm sends staff home after services suspended

Hundreds of staff of the mail delivery company Whistl were sent home today from depots in Manchester after the service was suspended.

The Dutch-owned postal firm stopped deliveries after private equity backer LDC pulled out of funding to help expand the business.

There are about ten Whistl depots across Manchester and and estimated 800 staff locally are affected - including administration workers and delivery staff.

The company began operating in Manchester in 2013. So far it has has created more than 1,000 delivery jobs in the region, many for the young and long term unemployed.

It is believed that Whistl delivers around 26 per cent of all UK mail. The company has a large presence of posties in Manchester and Liverpool, which it expanded into recently.

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Workers at Sellafield vote for strike action

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More than a thousand construction workers at Sellafield have voted for strike action.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and their actions are not affecting safety or site operations.

Government criticised over HS2

The Government is being accused of failing to make a convincing case for the HS2 high-speed rail-link. A powerful House of Lords Committee says improving trans-Pennine links would be better for the would building the North West section before a link onwards to London. Lord Hollick is chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee.

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