Siemens Sign up to Future in Hull

 

Labour Group Members on Hull City Council welcomed the news that Siemens have today confirmed their commitment to an offshore wind turbine factory in Hull.

When Labour regained control of the City Council in May 2011 one of the first decisions was to seek a Local Enterprise Partnership, (LEP), based upon the Humber Estuary to attract manufacturing industry back to the area. The previous Lib Dem Cabinet wanted a LEP based on tourism with Scarborough.

Labour’s decision in 2011 followed the previous Labour Government’s commitment to promote vigorously both the green renewable sector generally and the Humber Estuary itself as a key area in the UK for offshore turbine production. Both Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson said this. Since that time Cllr Steve Bayes, the Council’s Cabinet, Councillors and Officers have worked tirelessly to deliver this project for Hull

The Siemens development will create 1,000 direct jobs with the potential to create 3,000 more indirect jobs too. It goes a long way towards creating the 7,500 additional jobs identified in Hull’s ‘City Plan’. The Labour Cabinet on Hull City Council committed £5m of Capital funding to help secure this development and this foresight and ambition has paid off.

 

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council said:

 

“This is really big news for this city and this region. It is great news for people here looking for secure, high quality employment now and in the future. I know many people have worked very hard for a long time to deliver this development and I would like to welcome this Siemens project to Hull.

 

 “There is no doubt that our location in the UK was a huge bonus and I am clear that our membership of the EU’s single market made this investment easier as well. UKIP have opposed this development and oppose offshore wind farms as well. These jobs would not be coming here if UKIP got their way.

 

“There are other European companies who will now look to Hull and the Humber favourably because of this investment.”

 

Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader added:-

 

“Coming on the back of the recent decision to award Hull ‘City of Culture 2017’ and the electrification of the rail line from Selby to Hull, this decision makes a bold statement that Hull is open for business. I expect there to be serious proposals for the development of Hull’s Fruit Market around Easter time as well. Labour said we would not stand by and manage economic decline but instead would plan to build jobs and opportunities for the city”.

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