Prime Minister pressed on jobs for Fylde

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has pressed the Prime Minister on the progress of creating an Enterprise Zone at BAE Warton.

Mr Menzies campaigned hard for the zone which he hopes will help safeguard the future of the site and bring in other high-tech, high skilled jobs to the region.

During Prime Minister’s Question Time Mr Menzies asked what steps the Government were taking to drive growth and inward investment in Enterprise Zones such as the soon-to-be-formed site at Warton.

And the Prime Minister replied stating he was “right behind” the Enterprise Zone scheme.

Mr Cameron added: “I do think Enterprise Zones are going to be a huge success because they are going to areas where there are already a successful cluster of businesses.”

The move to create an Enterprise Zone at Warton was announced following the news that around 800 jobs could go at the Fylde site along with even bigger job losses across the BAE plants at Brough and Samlesbury.

Mr Menzies said he was determined to continuing to support the workers at BAE press the Government to support bids for export orders.

He visited BAE Warton last week for further meetings with union officials and will also be taking part in an adjournment debate on BAE Systems job losses tomorrow.

Mr Menzies said: “I felt it was vital to ask a question related to BAE Warton and keep this situation in the forefront of the mind of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

“As well as continuing to support workers and the unions at Warton I will also be striving to make sure the move towards an Enterprise Zone is a success.”

Enterprise Zones bring a number of benefits including superfast broadband, business support, reinvestment of business rates and relaxed planning laws (within the Zones only) to help business development.

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council are currently working together with Fylde Borough Council and others on plans for the Lancashire zone.

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