WHAT wonderful news for Wirral that a car parts manufacturing plant is planned for the Wirral Waters project.
Wirral Waters is one of the first areas granted Enterprise Zone status by this government, and one of only six sites in the UK to benefit from generous Enhanced Capital Allowances.
Having acquired Enterprise Zone status, owners Peel Holdings applied and obtained planning permission – in fact achieving the biggest planning permission in Europe – to enable it to become an International Trade Centre and car manufacturing site, benefiting from direct dock, rail and motorway access.
This magnificent scheme will see around 27,000 new jobs created over the next 30 years and a 1,000 in the next year. Exactly the kind of private enterprise we need in this area, and what the Government's policies have set out to deliver.
During the project, around 35 acres of derelict brownfield land in Birkenhead Docks will be transformed into a site for manufacturing activities and portside-based business. The plan was announced on Friday during a tree-planting ceremony marking the start of Peel Holdings’ £4.5bn dockside regeneration scheme.
This good news comes hot on the heels of research undertaken by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, that tracked the number and type of companies that had increased in employment over the past three years and Birkenhead now has the second- highest concentration of fast- growing companies in the UK.
Wirral is already a great place to live, work and visit, and this great news will simply serve to enhance Wirral’s growing reputation.