Council leader’s “deep disappointment” at foundry closure
Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, has expressed his deep and personal disappointment at the closure of the Aga Rangemaster plant at Coalbroookdale.
Councillor Davies, whose family has historically worked at the foundry, hailed the history of the site and described its loss as a “big blow” to the borough of Telford and Wrekin.
“It is a great shame to see this historic foundry closing its gates for the last time and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked there, both past and present,” said Councillor Davies.
“This is a historic site that is symbolic of Coalbrookdale and the Ironbridge Gorge’s great industrial past and I know there will be a lot of emotion today. We will be present at the site to show support for all the workers.
“The loss of the foundry is a big blow to the borough of Telford and Wrekin and as a council, we will offer every possible support to those who have lost their jobs this close to Christmas.
“I think it is important that the landowner works quickly to positively bring the site forward and we want to work with Aga to ensure their other site in the borough remains viable.
“It is a great shame that this beacon of industry has not been safeguarded and has had to close.”