80 jobs cre­ated as ex­pan­sion ap­proved

Accrington Observer - - LOOKING BACK -

ONE of the bor­ough’s ‘most suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies’ is set to ex­pand, cre­at­ing up to 80 new jobs, fol­low­ing a plan­ning rul­ing.

The Ob­server re­ported last month how Sen­a­tor In­ter­na­tional had drawn up pro­pos­als to ex­pand its fa­cil­ity off Whin­ney Hill Road in Hun­coat to make it their ‘ex­port-hub’.

The plans have now been ap­proved by coun­cil­lors at a re­cent plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Si­mon Prideaux, chief plan­ning of­fi­cer at Hyn­d­burn coun­cil, said Sen­a­tor is one of the bor­ough’s ‘most suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies’ and the pro­posal would will help cre­ate up to 80 jobs.

Paul Clarke, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor at Sen­a­tor, told the meet­ing: “We are ready to go and we could do with start­ing as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Coun Bernard Daw­son said: “I re­mem­ber Sen­a­tor first mov­ing up there and have seen its de­vel­op­ment. It’s a big em­ployer for the area and I have no prob­lems with the ap­pli­ca­tion.”

The scheme in­cludes an ex­ten­sion to its ex­ist­ing dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, in­stalling a new re­cy­cling build­ing and garage and ex­pand­ing the lorry park to ac­com­mo­date up to 45 ve­hi­cles. Com­pany bosses said this is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a £6 mil­lion ex­pan­sion scheme started in 2010.

Hun­coat coun­cil­lor Bernard Daw­son

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