UKIP Representative for North Antrim, Councillor Donna Anderson, has expressed deep concern over today’s announcement that Michelin are to close their Broughshane factory in 2018.
Ms. Anderson, who represents Ballymena on the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said:
“Like most people in this community, I am deeply saddened and concerned by the news emanating from Michelin today. Michelin has been a major employer of local people in Broughshane and indeed the wider Ballymena community for many years.
“The plant employs around 860 people and my thoughts at this time are with the workforce and their families; particularly as we approach the expensive festive season. They can rest assured that they will have my unwavering support at this time.
“Michelin’s closure will also have a devastating knock-on effect on other local businesses and the families and communities they support. It will be another setback for employment in the area when coupled with other recent announcements such as the closure of B&Q in our town.
Cllr. Anderson also called for government intervention to generate employment opportunities in the area and sufficient investment in training opportunities to ensure that our working population has the skills needed to succeed.