Council Leaders take action to try and save jobs at Annan

The Council Leader and Depute Leader have met with Government Ministers following the announcement by Young’s Seafood that they intend to close their site in Annan.

Council Leader, Elaine Murray and Depute Leader, Rob Davidson, issued the following statement following their meeting:

“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.”