Opinion: We need action right here, right now

More needs to be done to help the 900-plus people who are losing their jobs at Solway Foods, says Neil Pickford
More needs to be done to help the 900-plus people who are losing their jobs at Solway Foods, says Neil Pickford

The loss of 900 jobs when the Solway Foods factory in Corby closes is going to hit the town hard.

The town has suffered bad jobs news before, not least when the steelmaking workforce was drastically cut a generation ago, but there has not been a blow as big as this for many years.

In recent years the resilience of Corby people and the town has come to the fore with the emergence of a modern, prosperous town centre complemented by a fantastic new swimming pool, railway station and so much more including improvements to the town’s schools and a fantastic new minor injuries unit.

And now we have companies vying to build multiplex cinemas in the town centre – which is a sure sign that the outside world sees Corby as a good investment.

Those plans and developments took time and imagination. And now we need more of the same.

About 900 families – that’s thousands of men, women and children – will be hit by the closure of Solway Foods.

It is inevitable that this will have effects elsewhere in the town and its economy.

But Corby people are resilient and proud.

And they will fight back from this setback as they have done from others in the past.

If Northampton had lost 900 jobs in one go, then there would be much hand-wringing, public outcry and immediate action. Corby doesn’t need or want sympathy.

It needs, and wants, Government agencies and county officials to take action and do all they possibly can to help out. Right now.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT