Plans for 34 homes in Maghull

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OVER 30 new homes could be built at a site in Maghull.

Wain­homes (NW) Ltd has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Sefton Coun­cil to build 34 new prop­er­ties on land north of Tun­bridge Road.

The devel­op­ment would in­clude 25 houses and a three-story block of nine apart­ments, in­clud­ing new ac­cess and land­scap­ing.

LEAD­ING global hy­giene com­pany SCA has started work on a £12 mil­lion in­vest­ment pro­gramme at a paper mill in Skelmers­dale that will cre­ate around 40 new jobs.

The com­pany ex­pects its Tawd Mill in Pad­dock Road to be op­er­a­tional by the end of the year, and make SCA the big­gest manufacturer in the UK of what is known as through-air­dried (TAD) tis­sue paper.

Orig­i­nally opened in 1999, the Tawd Mill was moth­balled in 2008 but kept in per­fect op­er­at­ing con­di­tion un­til ad­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity was re­quired. The in­vest­ment fol­lows in­creased cus­tomer de­mand for soft, high-qual­ity TAD tis­sue.

Each year, thou­sands of tons of paper on gi­ant ‘mother reels’ will leave the mill for other SCA sites across the UK – where tis­sue is con­verted into some of the UK’s best­known house­hold brands such as Vel­vet, Plenty and Cushelle.

SCA’s ex­ist­ing Skelmers­dale site on Pimbo Road, has 334 em­ploy­ees and is one of the largest sites in Europe for the pro­duc­tion of the com­pany’s ‘Away-from-Home’ range – that in­cludes Tork fold­ing hand tow­els used in hos­pi­tals, ho­tels and ser­vice sta­tions.

Fol­low­ing news of the in­vest­ment, West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “It is less than two years since I of­fi­cially opened a new multi-mil­lion pound pro­duc­tion line at SCA’s Skelmers­dale con­vert­ing mill.

“For them to make an­other in­vest­ment of this size on their sec­ond site in the town is fan­tas­tic news, and speaks vol­umes for Skelmers­dale’s abil­ity to at­tract ma­jor global com­pa­nies.

“The com­pany op­er­ates in a fiercely com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place, and their com­mit­ment to the town is most wel­come. I also saw for my­self that the Tawd site is de­signed with fu­ture ex­pan­sion in mind and hope that this is not the last of the good news!”

SCA’s Tawd Mill site man­ager Barry Clark­son added: “At the mo­ment there is a na­tional short­fall of high-qual­ity through-air-dried tis­sue, and much of the raw ma­te­rial used in the UK is im­ported.

“Tawd Mill in Skelmers­dale is cen­tral to our plans to in­crease our mar­ket share, and mak­ing a ma­jor in­crease in our TAD tis­sue pro­duc­tion will give us a com­pet­i­tive edge in a very crowded sec­tor.”

Site man­ager Barry Clark­son shows Rosie Cooper MP around SCA’s Tawd Mill

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