Winsford and Rural East

Talking West Cheshire

Car giant’s announcement another major step in the regeneration of the ‘Port – says Council Leader

11 May 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council leaders today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by Jaguar Land Rover that 300 jobs are to be created at an automotive logistics centre destined for Ellesmere Port.

Senior staff from the Council’s Regeneration Service have been working closely with JLR to help clinch the deal which will play a major part in the town’s regeneration.

Council Leader Mike Jones said today: “This is tremendous news for Ellesmere Port and will continue the town’s long partnership with the automotive industry.

“We have moved heaven and earth to help make this happen and I understand the company were delighted with the quality of service we have been able to offer.”

The news follows last September’s announcement that 200 jobs will be created by Regatta – specialists in outdoor and leisure clothing – at a 400,000 square foot distribution centre at Pioneer Point on North Road.

Said the Leader: “Today’s announcement shows that Ellesmere Port is open for business in a big way – and we are hoping for similar announcements in the near future. We have the sites, the workforce and a first class transport network.”

The Phoenix site is a 37,000m2 purpose-built automotive logistics distribution centre on North Road, providing high class facilities.

The site lies adjacent to Junctions 6 and 7 of the M53 motorway, providing access to the M56/M6 and national motorway network plus ship canal and port facilities.

Chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, Robert Mee, said: “JLR is a hugely successful global business and I would like to welcome them to Ellesmere Port. Phoenix was built to help create a designated supplier park and it’s great that it will now be used for its original purpose.

“There is still land available in Ellesmere Port for purpose-built developments and with a ‘can do’ attitude from the Development Board and local authority I look forward to working with more developers in the future.”

Opposition Leader and local member, Councillor Justin Madders, said: “This is great news for Ellesmere Port. The town has a strong and proud history of automotive excellence and I am absolutely delighted that we can now build on that.”