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300 jobs to go as Wolverhampton's Goodyear confirms closure
The fight is over for Goodyear workers after bosses announced the landmark Wolverhampton factory will definitely close – with more than 300 jobs to go.
The fight is over for Goodyear workers after bosses announced the landmark Wolverhampton factory will definitely close – with more than 300 jobs to go. The plant in Bushbury Lane will shut completely by January 2017, the firm said earlier this evening following a consultation period with union bosses and staff.
It will close in phases with the first batch of redundancies likely to be announced on New Year’s Eve. The final news, which will bring to an end almost 90 years of history, has been met with criticism and concern from the city workers’ union representatives and Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds.
Station closures are just the beginning says West Midlands PCC, with more cuts on the way
Shutting 28 police stations ‘is just the beginning’, according to Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson in a stark warning about the impact of funding cuts.
Five police bases in the Dudley borough are among those at risk of the axe as part of the West Midlands Police cuts. Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Kingswinford and Netherton will all be left without a police station if the plans go ahead.
In Wolverhampton, Oxley, Heath Town, Merridale Court, Pennwood Court, Tettenhall and Staveley House stations will all close. Tanhouse Centre in Great Barr is also due to shut. Scrutinising the cost-cutting plan at a meeting yesterday, Mr Jamieson said the force would need to consider ‘very unattractive’ options in the coming years as government cuts take hold.
Meanwhile police chiefs insisted the closures will have no impact on public safety. Mr Jamieson, said: “This reduction is driven largely by reducing budgets which means reducing numbers of staff and therefore we need fewer places to put them.
Dudley Council considers £325,000 settlement offer over mosque site
OPPOSITION councillors have hit out after discovering Dudley Council is considering accepting a £325,000 out of court settlement offer from Dudley Muslim Association for the land earmarked for a new mosque.
Dudley Council announced this week that an offer had been made for the Hall Street site, which could put an end to an ongoing legal battle.
The Association already has planning permission to build a new mosque on the derelict site but the council won the right to buy the land back in 2014. However the matter is subject to an appeal - with a further Court of Appeal hearing expected in October.
Councillor Pete Lowe, Dudley Council's leader, said the case to date had been a "costly exercise for everyone" and the deal on the table could end "any further costly legal disputes for both sides".