MP and MSP condemn EWM move from home town

DEEP concern about the impact on Langholm following confirmation that Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) will transfer their remaining operation in the town to Carlisle has been expressed by local MP David Mundell and MSP Oliver Mundell.

The company, which has its roots in the Eskdale town, announced on Wednesday that they planned to relocate their HQ work to their new site in the border city on or about July 30, 2018.

All 190 workers, currently based in Langholm, will be affected by the transfer to the new larger complex around 20 miles away.

Mr Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said: "I'm extremely disappointed to hear confirmation that EWM are proceeding with their move from Langholm to Carlisle.

"EWM owe a duty to the community to recognise the loyalty and support they have given over many years and I am calling on them to meet it.

"The decision will be particularly upsetting and disruptive to employees who live in the Langholm area and may not be able to make the long daily return journey to the new site."

Dumfriesshire constituency MSP Oliver Mundell said: “EWM’s departure from Langholm has been rumoured for sometime but that does not detract from the disappointment. 

"More than that I share the anger of many locally at the manner in which a company with such close ties to the town has gone about its business.

"They have badly betrayed the whole community by failing to engage properly and I very much hope they reflect on the decision and put some considerable resources into ensuring they leave a positive legacy. 

"I will also be asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to explore a bid to the new Enterprise Partnership to secure some funding to support future economic development opportunities in Langholm.”