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Council Leaders bid to save jobs at Annan fish factory

Pinneys of Scotland fish factory Photo: ITV Border

The Council Leader and Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council have met with Government Ministers in a bid to save jobs in Annan.

It comes after one of the town's largest employers, Young's Seafood Limited, announced they intend to close their Pinneys of Scotland site.

450 jobs are at risk as the site faces potential closure, which could happen before the end of 2018.

Council Leader, Elaine Murray and Depute Leader, Rob Davidson, said their intentions are to save as many jobs as they can, and to urge Young's Seafood to reconsider their decision.

At a time like this actions speak louder than words. Within the past 24 hours, we have met with the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and spoken to the Minister for Business Innovation and Energy to ask for support and intervention to preserve as many jobs as possible.

Just because Young’s have announced this closure, does not mean that we accept this lying down. We need to do everything that we can to take up the case with the company to persuade them to reconsider the closure of the site in Annan.

We welcome the positive reaction from the Scottish Government today. They recognise the scale and seriousness of the problem for the staff and the community of Annan and the importance of prompt, focussed action. Time is of the essence.

We need a number of different agencies around the table to find a solution. As a council, we are well placed to lead this and since the news broke yesterday, we have been concentrating on making this happen. An action group involving the Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government will be meeting on Friday.

We know that acting quickly, as we have since the announcement was made, is only the first step. Our Administration and our Council is in this for the long term. We will support the staff and the wider community of Annan through this difficult time and for as long as it takes.”

– Council Leader, Elaine Murray and Depute Leader, Rob Davidson statement

Young's Seafood Limited said it would begin a consultation on the future of the factory.