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Eddie Stobart Cumbrian depot job losses ‘a nail in the coffin’ - claim

A decision by haulage giant Eddie Stobart to cease some operations at its west Cumbrian depot is “another nail in the coffin” for the area, a council leader has warned.

Related: Jobs shock as Eddie Stobart to close Cumbrian depot

The Cumbrian trucking firm confirmed yesterday it wants to wind up its specialist fleet facility at Lillyhall following a review. The depot will remain open as a warehouse.

Fifteen drivers are facing redundancy, though the firm has pledged to try to find them jobs elsewhere in the company.

Allerdale council leader Alan Smith described the move as “baffling” and urged the company to think again.

“This is another nail in west Cumbria’s coffin,” he said.

“Everybody seems to be taking jobs out, but there are none coming in.

“This is a baffling decision, given what a vibrant area west Cumbria is.

“We have the Energy Coast, the £6 million terminal at the Port of Workington and the announcement by Iggesund that it wants to build a £100m biomass boiler.

“I would have thought this would open up more opportunities for logistics firms, not fewer.

“We want everybody to be focusing on job creation in Allerdale, not job destruction.

“I would urge the company to reconsider and look again at the opportunities here in west Cumbria.”

The News & Star understands that the 15 drivers affected were told in a meeting on Friday that the company intends to cease operations from the site.

A formal consultancy period on the proposed job losses is due to start tomorrow.

Staff will then have one-to-one meetings with management about their future.

In a statement, the Stobart Group, owner of Eddie Stobart, said: “Following a review of the company transport network, and in particular the work carried out by our specialist fleet, it is proposed that Eddie Stobart will cease to operate a fleet of vehicles from the Lillyhall depot.

“The proposal affects 15 employees, all drivers, and, as there are a number of other driving opportunities within Eddie Stobart, we will endeavour to ensure all those affected are offered suitable alternatives.”

Have your say

What really worries me is what will happen to all the jobs in Carlisle if Stobart's pull out should the airport not be given the go ahead next week. I for one believe it will happen and they are not idle threats - they have put so much effort into supporting the area! no one else who would be able to make the airport viable - it would be a dealth nell for Carlisle and Cumbria - and the chance of relocating the Whitehaven drivers would be even more difficult as it would be even further away than the hour previously quoted.

Posted by Katy on 8 July 2011 at 13:52

They are offering the effected drivers jobs that are at least an hour away, how are those suitable?!? Those affected aren't just short term drivers, who have been there a few months 3 of them have been there over 12 years! and they get finished just like that!! Where's the loyalty???

Posted by Sarah on 7 July 2011 at 21:07

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