Council react to Young’s Announcement

Following the conclusion of the 45-day consultation period, the announcement today from Young’s that Pinneys in Annan will proceed with the closure of the plant this year has greatly disappointed Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Council wishes to reassure those concerned that it is continuing to work with partners to look for alternative solutions and opportunities for Pinneys’ employees.

The action group will be visiting the site again in the near future to liaise with managers and to support staff. This Council continues to work behind the scenes to do all that it can.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) are also increasing up their support with staff and responding to the needs of the employees, including setting up a jobs fair in the town in the near future.

Rob Davidson, Depute Leader for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “This announcement is not unexpected, but it is still sad news. Despite our best efforts, Young’s were determined to place their focus on their Grimsby base. However, we are still committed to working with the Scottish Government, as part of the Action Group, to try and secure as many jobs as we possibly can.”

Elaine Murray, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council went on to say: “We will continue to look hard for potential investors and will work alongside the Pace team, but despite all our hard work, this is devastating news. However, we remain focussed on finding a resolution to the situation and to find potential investors for the site which will in turn help rebuild the local economy.

Ourimmediate thoughts are with the families affected, we know that the Pinneys’ employees remain a dedicated workforce and we will do all we can to find suitable employment for them with firms who will value their skills.”