Sup­port pledged as hot­line and ad­vice cen­tre set up

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

CIVIC lead­ers have pledged to do what they can help the dozens of work­ers left with­out job be­cause of the dis­as­ter.

Around 50 em­ploy­ees of Wood Treat­ment Ltd are be­ing urged to con­tact Cheshire East Coun­cil for ad­vice and sup­port.

Con­cerns have also been raised about other com­pa­nies in the vicin­ity of the ex­plo­sion and fire have been af­fected.

The coun­cil has set up a drop-in fa­cil­ity at Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary School.

Of­fi­cers with spe­cial­ist em­ploy­ment train­ing will be on hand to dis­cuss hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and ben­e­fits.

In ad­di­tion, the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) has pledged to pro­vide ad­vice.

In the mean­time the coun­cil has been ap­proached by two lo­cal firms of­fer­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It is also un­der­stood The Trea­cle Tap pub in Mac­cles­field is mak­ing ar­range­ments to take on ex­tra staff.

The coun­cil says it is “work­ing hard” to iden­tify job op­por­tu­ni­ties for 50 peo­ple who worked at the mill.

Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Coun Michael Jones, said: “We have 50 lo­cal peo­ple whose jobs have been lost as a re­sult of the de­struc­tion of this fac­tory.

“I will en­sure that we have staff avail­able to of­fer what­ever help, guid­ance and sup­port is re­quired.”

Sam Al­ston, chair­man of Bosley Parish Coun­cil, ex­pressed con­cern for other busi­nesses in the area.

He said: “I have to won­der if the mill will ever be re­built. It’s too early to tell, but that site, which has been a place for jobs for many, many years, is now gone. Wood Treat­ment are a big em­ployer for the area.

“There’s also the is­sue of the other busi­nesses nearby. What will hap­pen to them? We need to do as much as pos­si­ble to help ev­ery­one af­fected.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley en­cour­age lo­cal busi­nesses to do their bit.

He said: “We must think about the 50 work­ers who are with­out jobs. I have had a con­ver­sa­tion with Bron­wyn Ri­ley at the Trea­cle Tap and she’s com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing some work for those who need it. I hope oth­ers do the same.”

Any­one who needs help and ad­vice can visit the drop-in cen­tre at the Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary School, Leek Road.

The coun­cil has also set up an emer­gency hot­line for help and sup­port on 0300 123 5034.

●● Michael Jones (left) has pledged sup­port and MP David Rut­ley has urged busi­nesses to do their bit

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