Taskforce set up after Rolls-Royce move
Published Tuesday, 14 August 2012
The council will lead a taskforce to look at the way forward following Rolls-Royce decision to quit East Kilbride in 2015.
The taskforce will look at all aspects of the announcement of the aerospace giant to move operations and the 600-strong workforce to a more modern plant at Inchinnan, near Glasgow Airport.
Rolls-Royce said the 59-year-old plant was nearing the end of its life and will close in 2015.
In a joint statement East Kilbride Councillors Chris Thompson and Graham Simpson, the chair and depute chair of the council's Enterprise Services Committee respectively, said: "The council will be taking the lead in establishing a taskforce to look at all aspects of the announcement.
"We are extremely disappointed at the decision of Rolls-Royce to close their major plant in East Kilbride. The impact on the workforce, many of whom are local and third generation cannot be underestimated.
"This decision will also have a significant impact on the local economy, particularly on many local businesses that depend on the plant and its workforce.
"We will be approaching our colleagues in the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Rolls-Royce to help us move this forward.
"We are calling on the Scottish Government and Rolls-Royce to provide financial assistance towards the development of the local economy and to consider how the site might be redeveloped for new industry.
"We are also urging Scottish Development International to do more to encourage major companies to invest in East Kilbride.
"The council and Scottish Enterprise allocated a total of £8.75million seven years ago towards works, fees and site assembly costs in preparing a site at Langlands in East Kilbride when Rolls-Royce announced plans to expand and invest in the town.
"Unfortunately this move and expansion didn't progress but the council now seeks all necessary support to secure East Kilbride as one of the premier employment locations in Scotland."